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New Year Issue (Jan. 2014)


Appearance by researchers who contributed to the Nobel Prize in Physics

Lecture discussing the drama of discovering the Higgs boson

Associate Professor Yorita discusses new research aspects created by discovery of the Higgs boson.

On October 28, the Waseda University Research Institute for Science and Engineering held an open lecture entitled “Discovering the Higgs Boson” to honor Francois Englert and Peter Higgs, winners of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics for proposing the existence of the Higgs boson, which is said to be the origin of mass. The lecture was attended by approximately 300 people, from children to the elderly.

About 50 years passed from when the Higgs boson was first proposed until its discovery. Major contributions to the discovery were made by Professor Tomio Kobayashi (the University of Tokyo; Co-Leader of Atlas Japan) and Associate Professor Kohei Yorita (Waseda University Faculty of Science and Engineering), both of whom belong to the LHC Atlas Experiment Team, and Professor Ryuichiro Kitano, who conducts research on the elementary particle theory at the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization. The professors discussed the drama surrounding the Higgs boson and examined future developments in elementary particle research.

The Kohei Yorita Laboratory sends graduate students to the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in order to participate in experiments. The laboratory has contributed through development of equipment for analyzing Higgs boson data, as well as through data analysis.