Physicists have recently announced that a particle discovered at the world’s largest atom smasher last year is the Higgs boson, an elusive particle believed to be an important element in explaining the nature of matter and the formation of the universe. And Agilent has provided technology that played a role in the discovery.
According to CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, the most recent data collected from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) particle accelerator, where the boson was first noted on a graph last year, supports the theory that it is the Higgs.
The LHC, the world’s largest particle accelerator, utilizes Agilent digitizers in the control and diagnostic sections, and the accelerators it feeds. More than 100 Agilent digitizer modules are installed at CERN. These are used to perform wideband beam monitoring and to monitor forward and reverse RF signals in the accelerator cavities.
The Higgs boson is named for physicist Peter Higgs, who identified some of its theoretical properties in 1964.
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