“I think we have it. You agree?”
CERN Director General Rolf Heuer asks as scientists are celebrating the breakthrough announcement on 4th July: the discovery of a new-subatomical particle, believed to be the elusive Higgs Boson. The announcement of the results was met with loud applause and Professor Peter Higgs (who had predicted its existence over 40 years earlier) added later that “it’s really an incredible thing that it’s happened in my lifetime”.
Both ATLAS and CMS Experiments confirmed that they were 99.999% confident that the particles witnessed are indeed Higgs particles.
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Watch the announcement as it happened in this video.