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Jim Rohlf | USLHC | USA

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CERN July 4 Seminar

Summary from CMS by Joe Incandela:

We have observed a new boson with a mass of 125.3 ± 0.6 GeV at 4.9 σ significance !

Summary (excerpt) from ATLAS by Fabiola Gianotti:

We observe an excess of events at m_H ~ 126.5 GeV with local significance  5.0 sigma

Remarks from the CERN Director General Rolf Heuer:

“As a laymen I would now say I think we have it. Do you agree?”

Global effort -> Global success

Results today only possible do to extraordinary performance of accelerators – experiments –  Grid computing

Observation of a new particle consistent with a Higgs boson (but which one… ?)

Historic Milestone but only the beginning

Global implications for the future

Michel Spiro (President of CERN Council):

“If I may say so it is another giant leap for mankind.”

Chris Llewellyn Smith (former DG):

“I really am amazed that we can use these luminosities.”

Francois Englert:

“I am extraordinary impressed by what you have done.”

Peter Higgs:

“it is an incredible thing that it has happened in my lifetime.”

Gerald Guralnik:

“It is wonderful to be at a physics event where there is applause like there is at at football game.”

Rolf Heuer:

“Everybody that was involved in the project can be proud of this day. Enjoy it.”