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CBS Channel 11: Long-fought discovery of elusive “God” particle brings joy to SMU physicists

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The following ran on the July 4, 2012, edition of CBS DFW. Physics Professor Ryszard Stroynowski provided expertise for this story.

July 11, 2012

CBS DFW Channel 11 reporter Jack Fink with KTVT-TV interviewed SMU physicist Ryszard Stroynowski about the historic discovery of the new fundamental particle necessary for scientists to explain how matter acquires mass.

SMU physicist Stroynowski is a principal investigator in the search for the Higgs boson, and the leader of SMU’s team in the Department of Physics that is working on the experiment.

The experimental physics group at SMU has been involved since 1994 and is a major contributor to the research, the heart of which is the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator on the border with Switzerland and France.

The discovery results, which are preliminary, were announced July 4 at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, near Geneva, Switzerland, and at the International Conference of High Energy Physics in Melbourne, Australia. CERN is the headquarters for the LHC lab, which is a collaborative experiment involving thousands of scientists worldwide.