From FNAL: “Fermilab scientists set upper limit for Higgs boson mass”

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Fermilab is an enduring source of strength for the US contribution to scientific research world wide.

In 1977, theoretical physicists at Fermilab — Ben Lee and Chris Quigg, along with Hank Thacker — published a paper setting an upper limit for the mass of the Higgs boson. This calculation helped guide the design of the Large Hadron Collider by setting the energy scale necessary for it to discover the particle. The Large Hadron Collider turned on in 2008, and in 2012, the LHC’s ATLAS and CMS discovered the long-sought Higgs boson — 35 years after the seminal paper.

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CERN CMS Higgs Event


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CERN ATLAS Higgs Event


CERN/ATLAS detector

Where it all started:

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FNAL/Tevatron DZero detector


FNAL/Tevatron CDF detector

Where we failed and handed it to Europe:

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Sight of the planned Superconducting Super Collider, in the vicinity of Waxahachie, Texas. Cancelled by our idiot Congress under Bill Clinton in 1993. We could have had it all.

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Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), located just outside Batavia, Illinois, near Chicago, is a US Department of Energy national laboratory specializing in high-energy particle physics. Fermilab is America’s premier laboratory for particle physics and accelerator research, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Thousands of scientists from universities and laboratories around the world
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