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MEDIA ADVISORY: Johns Hopkins University Physicist Available to Comment on the Higgs Boson

October 8, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Latarsha Gatlin
Office: 443-997-9909
Cell: 443-608-6498

Johns Hopkins University experimental physicist and associate professor Andrei Gritsan is available to comment on the selection of Francois Englert and Peter Higgs as the 2013 Nobel Prize winners in Physics for their work on the Higgs boson.

Andrei Gritsan

Gritsan, a member of the Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins, was a member of the CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid experiment) collaboration and co-leader of a group that investigated one of the most promising avenues to revealing how Higgs could be found and studied.

“This was a truly amazing team work where people with different backgrounds, nationalities and ages came together with a common goal and nothing else mattered,” said Gritsan. “There were no country boundaries when it came to sharing of ideas, technology, computers, or the data.”

The Higgs boson, or so-called “God particle,” was first proposed in the 1960s and was needed to fill in the largest gap in the Standard Model, the leading theory in fundamental particle physics. Its existence would signify the existence of a field that permeates all space and imbues the matter in the universe with mass.

To speak to Gritsan, contact Latarsha Gatlin at 443-997-9909 (office), 443-608-6498 (cell) or by email at lgatlin1@jhu.edu.


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