European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), Switzerland has appreciated the contribution of Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, in the Higgs Boson project, popularly known as the God Particle.
The department had contributed in the detector hardware and physics analysis part of the project. The Panjab University’s physics department had developed resistive plate chamber (RPC) plates used for particle detection as part of the CMS detector last month.
Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS), Resistive Plate Chamber ( RPC) project manager and senior physicist at the Italian Istituto Nazionaledi Fisica Nucleare (INFN) and CERN Dr Pierluigi Paolucci expressed ‘special thanks to the PU team f or the wonderful job’ they did on the RPC upgrade project for t he CMS e xperi - ment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
“This is a significant achievement for CMS experiment ; thanks to all of your hard working ef forts, we have achieved the goal. The extra time and effort you put in were certainly worthwhile,” he has stated in an email to both the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai, and PU.
Dr Paolucci said that 144 detectors were built and installed in the last two years and were now under commissioning.
“This was possible due to the effort put in by your group and to the professional work done in last the two years,” read the email.
PU and BARC, Mumbai had collectively contributed fifty RE42-RPCs and 160 kCHF each, which were part of the CMS detector used in the detection of the God Particle. Both institutes had also contributed man power equivalent to ten man months at CERN.
The last three pieces of RE42RPCs would be shifted to CERN, Switzerland this week, thus completing PU responsibilities and contribution in this part of the detector.
It may be recalled that the Nobel Prize in physics 2013 was awarded j oi ntly to François Englert and Peter W Higgs for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles.
This was was recently confir med through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
“The global appreciation had once again established the growing inter national stature of PU physics department in the field of experimental physics,” a PU spokesman stated. PU vice chancellor Arun Kumar Grover has also congratulated the department and the scientists and students involved with the project.