Physicists uncover new behavior of elusive Higgs boson particle

Six years ago, scientists confirmed the existence of a long-theorized particle called the Higgs boson  — providing an explanation for how other particles acquire mass. The discovery included thousands of scientists from more than 100 countries and the world’s single largest machine — the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

Physicists at CERN have been searching nonstop for further clues about the Higgs boson and how it interacts with other particles. Years of data and trillions of high-energy particle collisions at the LHC later, victory was reached with a discovery that links the Higgs boson and the top quark — an interaction that Brian Winer, professor and chair of the Department of Physics, has been searching for since before the Higgs boson was proven to exist.

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