Dr. Joe Whitehead

The World is Changing

There is big news in the world of physics. 

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, has been mapping the secrets of the universe.  ATLAS is a “particle physics experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.”

The ATLAS detector is searching for new discoveries in the head-on collisions of protons of extraordinarily high energy. ATLAS will learn about the basic forces that have shaped our Universe since the beginning of time and that will determine its fate. Among the possible unknowns are the origin of mass, extra dimensions of space, unification of fundamental forces, and evidence for dark matter candidates in the Universe.

According to the CERN website, “The ATLAS and Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiments at CERN presented their latest results in the search for the long-sought Higgs boson. Both experiments see strong indications for the presence of a new particle, which could be the Higgs boson…”

The experiments found “hints of the new particle by analysing trillions of proton-proton collisions from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in 2011 and 2012.”

If you want to know more, the BBC’s Jonathan Amos “attempted to explain Higgs boson using ping-pong balls, a bag of sugar and a tea tray.” 


Dr. Joe Whitehead
Dr. Joe Whitehead
Dr. Joe Whitehead served as dean of the College of Science of Technology from 2010-2013.

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