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Search for the Higgs Boson: Johns Hopkins Expert Available

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December 12, 2011

TO: Reporters, editors, producers

FROM:             Lisa De Nike | 443-287-9960 | 443-845-3148 Lde@jhu.edu

RE: CERN progress report about the search for the “God particle”

Reporters working on stories regarding tomorrow morning’s announcement out of the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) near Geneva, Switzerland about progress in the search for the elusive Higgs boson should consider speaking with Johns Hopkins experimental physicist Andrei Gritsan, a member of the CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid Experiment) group, one of the two competing teams of scientists working at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

The Higgs boson (often referred to as the “God particle”) is a hypothetical sub-atomic particle predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics. It is a ripple in the Higgs field, a substance that extends throughout space and that gives mass to the Higgs boson and to the other fundamental particles.

Andrei Gritsan

Andrei Gritsan

“Over the past year, there have been tremendous steps forward in the search for the Higgs boson,” Gritsan said. “Whether there is evidence for a Higgs found this week or not, the news will be exciting, and we are set for a discovery or exclusion of the Higgs boson in the coming year.”

Gritsan can be reached by calling Lisa DeNike at 443-287-9960 (office) or 443-845-3148 (cell.)


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