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France Salutes the Discovery of a New Elementary Particle

France Salutes the Discovery of a New Elementary Particle

Published on July 5, 2012

France welcomes the historic discovery of a new elementary particle, the Higgs boson, announced on Wednesday, July 4, by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

This subatomic particle, also known as the « God particle », was the missing piece of the standard model of particle physics, used by the scientific community to describe how the matter and the universe work.

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a gigantic scientific instrument near Geneva, where it spans the border between Switzerland and France about 100m underground - photo CERN

This Higgs boson was discovered during experiments led in the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) particle accelerator, a 27-kilometer-wide ring buried at the border between France and Switzerland. France financed 16.5% of the LHC.

About 400 French physicists, engineers and technicians worked on this project through the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) and the CEA (French Commission on Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies) laboratories.

France congratulates the researchers involved in this “milestone in our understanding of nature,” as CERN chairman Rolf Heuer put it. We encourage the future developments of the experiments led by the CERN to better understand the fundamental structure of matter.

Read the communiqué of the CERN.

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