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'Huge buzz to work at hadron collider'

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 14, 2011

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A SWANSEA physicist has described the "buzz" at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland as the research centre conducts its ground-breaking work.

Staff at Cern in Geneva announced yesterday that they may have "glimpsed" the elusive Higgs boson — though more experiments will be needed to confirm it

If the sighting is confirmed, the scientists will have found the particle which gives all elements their mass.

Professor Graham Shore, head of Swansea University's department of physics, said: "The experiments at Cern have given us a tantalising glimpse.

"They have narrowed it down the window of where the Hicks could be.

"You need to collect and analyse a vast amount of data — I think in six months we will know.

"If they have found it, it would be a really massive discovery."

The driving force behind the construction of the Cern project is Swansea university graduate Lyn Evans, and the university's physics department has close ties to the centre.

Prof Stone, who spends his summers at Cern, said: "The collider is exceeding expectations.

"When you go to the cafeteria there at midnight the place is packed, everyone is discussing the work. There is a real buzz about the place and the work — it is very exciting."

In 2008 Peter Higgs — the man who the particle is named after — was made an honorary fellow of Swansea University.

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