UF physicists available to talk about 'God particle' findings

Published: December 13 2011


GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Several University of Florida physicists and longtime leaders in the search for the Higgs boson, or “God particle,” will be available for comment today when researchers at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research near Geneva, announce their latest findings.

Two teams from CERN are expected to say that their findings narrow down the search, but experts do not expect to hear that either team has actually observed the elusive sub-atomic particle thought to explain why all matter in the universe has weight.

The following UF experts are available for analysis of today’s announcements:

Jacobo Konigsberg, UF physicist and longtime Higgs boson research leader at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, or Fermilab, is a member of the Compact Muon Solenoid, or CMS, research team based at CERN.
Cell: 773-895-1669
Fermilab Office: 630-840-3623

Darin Acosta, a UF physicist and deputy physics coordinator of the CMS research team has just returned to Florida from his work at CERN.
Office: 352-846-3144
Cell: 352-870-5393

Pierre Ramond, distinguished professor of physics and director of UF’s Institute for Fundamental Theory.
Cell: 352-562-5213


Donna Hesterman, donna.hesterman@ufl.edu, 352-846-2573