Observed! SMU’s LHC physicists confirm new particle; Higgs ‘God particle’ opens new frontier of exploration
Physicists from SMU and around the globe were euphoric Wednesday with the historic revelation that a new particle consistent with the Higgs boson “God” particle has been observed. Described as a great triumph for science, the observation is the biggest physics discovery of the last 50 years and opens up what SMU scientists say is a vast new frontier for more research.
Dallas Observer science writer Brantley Hargrove interviewed SMU physicist Ryszard Stroynowski in advance of the announcement from CERN in Geneva about whether scientists have discovered the Higgs boson, a fundamental particle theorized to explain why matter has mass. Stroynowski and other SMU faculty and students have played a role in the recent findings as participants in the experiments.
A tiny optoelectronic module designed in part by SMU physicists plays a big role in the world’s largest physics experiment at CERN in Switzerland, where scientists are searching for the Higgs boson, the “God” particle. The module, a fiber-optic transmitter, sends the flood of raw data from the Large Hadron Collider’s ATLAS experiment to offsite computer farms, where thousands of physicists around the world can analyze it.
Dallas Observer: As Physicists Near Discovery of God Particle, A Word With SMU Prof Involved In the Search
Dallas Observer science writer Brantley Hargrove interviewed SMU physicist Ryszard Stroynowski about the news that scientists at CERN have seen hints of the Higgs boson, a fundamental particle theorized to explain why matter has mass. Stroynowski and other SMU faculty and students have played a role in the recent findings, which researchers hope to confirm in future CERN experiments.
WFAA-TV reporter David Schechter covered SMU's participation in the largest physics experiment in the world, the Large Hadron Collider at the European Organization for Nuclear Research — or CERN — in Geneva.
SMU physicist and physics professor Ryszard Stroynowski is U.S. Coordinator for the Liquid Argon Calorimeter, the literal and experimental heart of ATLAS, the largest particle detector in the LHC array.
2010 a year of advances for SMU scientific researchers at the vanguard of those helping civilization
SMU scientists are at the forefront of cutting-edge research aimed at addressing some of the world's most pressing challenges, questions and issues.
See a sampling of the work they tackle, from Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, to immigration, diabetes, evolution, childhood obesity and more. Besides working in campus labs and within the Dallas-area community, SMU scientists conduct research throughout the world.
After a huge success in first testing, followed by a very public meltdown last September, the Large Hadron Collider may be ready for action again as early as June.
But before the science can proceed, the world's scientists must come to terms with the complex organism they have created, says one project manager.
"We will have to understand the detector first," says Ryszard Stroynowski, chair and professor of physics at SMU.