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SA researchers tune CERN’s computers for Higgs experiments

October 2018 News

The global CERN collaboration in Switzerland has found a missing piece in the enduring puzzle known as the Standard Model in Physics. Observation of the Higgs boson’s decay to bottom quarks marks an event that further validates the Standard Model, which is to physics what DNA is to bioscience. The observation fills a gap in the understanding of the Higgs sector; something that could ultimately reveal new physics should unexplained differences to Standard Model predictions ever occur.

The discovery was made possible thanks to the immensely powerful computer systems that process the data streams which pour from CERN’s Large Hadron Collider when it runs. Researchers from the University of Johannesburg formed part of the international team that pioneered the advanced computing techniques required for this experiment.

The discovery was announced on 28 August.





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