West Lafayette, Ind. (WLFI) - A team of Purdue physicists contributed to a 50-year-long experiment awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. In July 2012, three scientists discovered the "Higgs boson" particle.
Scientists say the discovery explains why particles have mass. The Purdue physicists are responsible for building the camera that was used to capture electronic pictures of the particle. The camera is in an 18-mile-long proton collider beneath a Swiss mountain.
Purdue Professor David Miller said this discovery answers questions that have been asked for decades.
"So we are creating the physics of the Big Bang. This is the laboratory in which we built the central camera that goes closest to the where the mini-big bangs occurred to pick-up the particles that come out. It was an essential part of the discovery of the Higgs," said Miller:
Miller says he hopes this discovery will lead to a better understanding of what happened when the universe began.
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