Expert: Search for Higgs “God Particle” Continues at CERN

We know where it’s not, researchers say.

Texas Tech University physicists can discuss the recent experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland, and how researchers have nearly eliminated the space in which the Higgs boson could dwell.

 The Higgs boson is the only undiscovered part of the Standard Model of physics, which describes the basic building blocks of matter and their interactions.

 However, the ATLAS and CMS experiments see modest excesses in their data that could soon uncover the famous missing piece of the physics puzzle.


Nural Akchurin, professor, Department of Physics, (806) 742-3767 or

Sung-Won Lee, assistant professor, Department of Physics, (806) 742-3730 or


Talking Points

  • Texas Tech built the forward calorimeters that are crucial in identifying objects called “tagging jets”that are important in standard model Higgs searches.
  • Texas Tech researchers were one of the first teams to single out a particular mode of Higgs production and decay in 2001 that is now one of the major modes of the Higgs search.


  • “Higgs is difficult to find because you look for an event that happens roughly once in every hundred billion events against background.” – Nural Akchurin
  • “Also, there are too many physics processes in the context of the Standard Model that look like Higgs. So, the searching for Higgs is one of the most sophisticated efforts in LHC physics program. Huge amounts of statistical data, understanding the other physics processes, and understanding our detector also.” – Sung-Won Lee