Uni involved in search for Higgs boson

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AMONG the many scientific voices crying out about the potential discovery of the elusive Higgs boson, some were tinged with a Scottish accent.

One of the two teams involved in the search for the so-called God particle include 35 academics, researchers, technicians and postgraduate students from Glasgow university.

The Higgs boson is thought to be what interacts with matter and creates mass.

It was named after one of the scientists who posited its existence, Peter Higgs, in 1964.

In theory, Higgs suggested that an invisible field permeates all of space.

When it interacts with elementary particles, these particles obtain mass.

This involved the team working at the Large Hadron Collider in CERN, Switzerland.

The search for the Higgs boson has been the Holy Grail of particle phycisists for nearly 50 years.

Dr Craig Buttar, Reader in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the university said of the discovery: “We have reached a very significant milestone for physics – the observation of a new particle at the Large Hadron Collider.

“Thjese results build on the tantalising hints we saw at the end of 2011.

“The LHC has met all of this year’s targets, doubling the intensity of the beams.

“Adding all this year’s data to the search has produced a strong signal.

“This observation is a great step forward as it is the first indication of the Higgs boson, which is a critical part of the Standard Model, the theory that describes our understanding of natuer at the sub-atomic scale”.