Researchers from IFIN-HH are proud to be part of the ATLAS experiment that lead to this year Nobel prize
The Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 was awarded jointly to François Englert and
Peter W. Higgs "for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic
particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider".
A strong Romanian group is involved in ATLAS since 1992. Today the Romanian participation in the ATLAS experiment is made up from various contributions
from IFIN-HH Bucharest, ITIM Cluj Napoca, University Politehnica of Bucharest and West University of Timisoara, grouped in the ATLAS Romanian Cluster.
The ATLAS experiment is a particle physics experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN that is searching for new discoveries in the head-on
collisions of protons of extraordinarily high energy. ATLAS will learn about the basic forces that have shaped our Universe since the beginning of time
and that will determine its fate. Among the possible unknowns are extra dimensions of space, unification of fundamental forces, and evidence for
dark matter candidates in the Universe. Following the discovery of the Higgs boson, further data will allow in-depth investigation of the boson's
properties and thereby of the origin of mass.
Higgs boson discovery was the culmination of the decades of dedicated and intense work by so many collaborators in designing, building and operating
ATLAS, and in understanding and analysing the data. None of it would have been possible without the huge dedication also of the LHC accelerator team,
the worldwide distributed computing teams, and the continuing support of the governments and funding agencies of the 38 countries home to our 177 member institutes.
We can all feel proud that our experimental observations demonstrated that the insights rewarded by the Nobel prize are realised in nature.