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Major announcement re: Higgs Boson

December 7, 2011

U of Toronto physicists key members of team

TORONTO, ON – An international team of researchers that has been smashing high-energy protons together inside the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to re-create the conditions at the time of the Big Bang are expected to announce new results on December 13 in Geneva regarding their search for the Higgs boson particle.

The Higgs boson is a hypothetical massive elementary particle that is predicted to exist by the Standard Model of particle physics.  The Standard model has been the basis of particle physics for more than 30 years and describes the forces between the particles of matter. The Higgs boson is the missing ingredient in the model that has been hypothesized to explain the existence of mass in the universe.

A group of University of Toronto high-energy physicists, along with their 3,000 ATLAS colleagues from 38 countries, have played a leading role in the hunt for the Higgs. The ATLAS detector, a key component of which was built at U of T, was designed to search for new particles in the highest mass collisions of high-energy protons in the LHC.

The LHC, the world’s highest-energy particle accelerator, was launched on March 27, 2010. Located in Geneva, the collider has a circumference of 27 kilometres and is 100 metres underground.

The U of T faculty members involved in the project are David Bailey, Peter Krieger, Robert Orr, Pierre Savard, Pekka Sinervo, William Trischuk and Richard Teuscher.  They will be available to brief media on the findings at the University of Toronto, McLennan Physical Laboratories, 60 St. George Street, Room 134 at 12:00 p.m.

WHAT:   U of T Physics team discusses Higgs boson and latest findings from Large Hadron Collider (CERN)

WHERE:  University of Toronto, McLennan Physical Laboratories, 60 St. George St., Room 134

WHEN:  Tuesday, December 13, 12:00 p.m. (noon)


To confirm attendance, please contact:

Kim Luke, Communications
Faculty of Arts & Science
University of Toronto