ANN ARBOR—University of Michigan physicists who contributed to the discovery of the Higgs boson are available to comment on the Nobel Prize in physics, which the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded today to theorists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert.
In the 1960s, Higgs and Englert published papers that introduced key concepts in the theory of the Higgs field and its associated particle, the Higgs boson. U-M researchers, as part of an international collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Europe, played an integral role in confirming that theory and discovering the Higgs boson in 2012. Over the past 25 years, more than 100 U-M researchers have been involved in aspects of the Large Hadron Collider and Higgs experiments.
U-M faculty available to comment are: