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Uppsala physicists congratulate Physics Nobel winners

2013-10-08

The 4 July 2012 the two large experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, ATLAS and CMS, presented clear indications of the existence of a new particle which was considered to be the Higgs particle. Today the Physics Nobel Prize was awarded for this discovery.

Swedish research groups at the universities in Uppsala, Lund and Stockholm as well as the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) which are participating in the ATLAS experiment and are organized in a Swedish research consortium, LHCK, have substantial experience of searching for the Higgs particle at, among others, the LHC. Over a long period of time they have worked with the construction of the ATLAS experiment and data analysis.

In connection with today’s announcement of the Nobel Prize in Physics, the group makes the following statement:

“The universities in Lund, Stockholm and Uppsala, as well as the Royal Institute of Technology congratulate François Englert andPeter W. Higgs for this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of the Higgs particle. The discovery is an important part of the puzzle in our understanding of the most fundamental natural laws governing the universe. Researchers at our different universities have through long-term development work and data analysis within the ATLAS experiment at the LHC at CERN in Geneva been part of the discovery of the Higgs particle. Sweden has contributed to the ATLAS experiment through development and manufacturing of electronics and detector units, through active participation in data gathering, through software development, through powerful data analysis using GRID technology, through advanced physical analysis and through many leading positions in the experiment. We want to thank the Swedish Research Council and the Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation for the financial support which has made possible Sweden’s participation in the discovery of the Higgs particle.”

Professor Tord Ekelöf and Professor Richard Brenner at Uppsala University have both been involved in the search for the Higgs particle. While the choice of Nobel Prize winners was no surprise, they were very pleased to hear the announcement.

“All particle physicists are very happy to hear that the theory behind the Higgs boson has finally been awarded. We think it is well worth it. It is so fundamental to the theories we research and try to understand”, says Professor Richard Brenner.

Experimental physicists in Sweden have contributed significantly to the discovery within the ATLAS experiment at CERN.

“I believe this is a large victory for the experimental work as well”, says Professor Richard Brenner.