CERN launches the Open Data Portal to make data from the Large Hadron Collider available to the public for free. CERN scientist:
Data from the LHC program are among the most precious assets of the LHC experiments, that today we start sharing openly with the world. We hope these open data will support and inspire the global research community, including students and citizen scientists.
Scientists from CERN projects ATLAS and CMS announce that they may have found the long sought after Higgs boson. Preliminary results reveal a particle in the predicted size-range (125-126 GeV) of the hypothetical Higgs boson. In this graph of the two-photon decay experiment, the smooth curve corresponds to known background processes. There is a deviation at the predicted size range of the Higgs boson. The probability of such a deviation occurring without the Higgs boson existing is “three chances in a million”.
We stated last year that in 2012 we would either find a new Higgs-like particle or exclude the existence of the Standard Model Higgs. With all the necessary caution, it looks to me that we are at a branching point: the observation of this new particle indicates the path for the future towards a more detailed understanding of what we’re seeing in the data.” said CERN Research Director Sergio Bertolucci
Europe begins its first official joint scientific venture. The acronym CERN is derived from the French “Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire”, meaning European Organization for Nuclear Research. Its purpose is to study the basic building blocks of physics: the atom.