Today, members of TRIUMF's particle physics communities at the lab and around the world are joining in the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Higgs boson discovery, which was announced by the ATLAS and CMS experiments shortly after 9:00 AM on July 4, 2012.
The announcement was one of the most important moments in modern physics: a Nobel-winning discovery that re-shaped our understanding of the universe and charted a new course for physics research for the coming decades, one that may bring us closer to resolving the Standard Model.
Ten years on, ATLAS researchers continue to push the boundaries of our knowledge and plan for the next era of the Large Hadron Collider, which will see the deployment of major upgrades to increase the machine's luminosity and, among other achievements, create more Higgs bosons to study.
Today, we're celebrating the past, present, and future of this tremendous initiative – Happy Higgs@10! Here are a few stories from across the community to help us begin:
- New ATLAS results, published today, which present the most comprehensive study yet of the Higgs boson's characteristics.
- The Globe and Mail article Ten years after Higgs boson, the hunt is on for new breakthroughs in physics, which includes a few words with TRIUMF research scientist and ATLAS-Canada Computing Coordinator Dr. Isabel Trigger.
- In a reprise of the popular Quantum Diaries blog series, TRIUMF physicist Dr. Max Swiatlowski teams up with Dr. Tova Holmes to write Finding Our Place in Discovery, a personal story about what it felt like to be at CERN witnessing the Higgs discovery announcement live as an early-career researcher.
- TRIUMF postdoctoral researcher Dr. Marco Valente is taking over Vancouver Science World's Twitter account today for a special Higgs@10-themed glimpse into the life of an ATLAS researcher! It all starts at 11:00 AM PST on Twitter here.
- Today's announcement of the commencement of Run 3 data taking at the LHC's highest energies yet - starting tomorrow, July 5!