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Celebrating a Nobel Contribution

On the morning of Oct. 8, NYU physicists popped some champagne and toasted the role they played in the discovery of the Higgs boson, a scientific feat that resulted in the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics being awarded to Peter Higgs and Fran├žois Englert. Those scholars received the award in recognition of their work in developing the theory of what is now known as the Higgs field, which gives elementary particles mass.

NYU researchers formally joined the search in 2006, when they began collaborating on the A Toroidal LHC Apparatus, or ATLAS, one of the main detectors at the Large Hadron Collider, which was used to make the discovery of Higgs. NYU faculty on the team include professors Peter Nemethy, who focuses on new, fundamental forces, and Allen Mincer, who led the data-collection team, as well as professors Kyle Cranmer, who was awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering for his studies on the Higgs search, and Andrew Haas.

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