With the world’s largest science project now smashing particles again after a two-year pause, UT researchers will play a role in experiments that could challenge the accepted understanding of the universe.
The Large Hadron Collider at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Geneva, Switzerland, is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. The collider received a two-year upgrade after it captured the world’s attention in 2012 with the discovery of the Higgs boson. The Higgs boson is an elementary particle that completes the Standard Model of particle physics. Its discovery allows scientists to further explore fundamental forces at work in nature.
UT students and faculty in physics and nuclear engineering, based on the Knoxville and the UT Space Institute campuses, are part of two teams developing electronics and hardware for the ALICE and CMS detectors, and monitoring and examining data collected in experiments.
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