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Belgian scientists use new technology in search for elementary particles

Belgian scientists, among which our colleagues at the Particle Physics Group, are turning their attention to the next big thing: sterile neutrinos. With the help of French and British colleagues, they are using a revolutionary technology to record evidence that these particles exist.

A European consortium of two French, two British and three Flemish universities and one federal research institute (UAntwerp, UGent, VUB and SCK•CEN in Mol) joined forces in early 2013. Together, they have developed a ‘neutrino experiment’. The project is named SOLID, which stands for Search for Oscillations with a Lithium6 Detector (see pictures).

The scientists want to record sterile neutrinos. “These elementary particles may be linked to the particle for which Belgian François Englert and Briton Peter Higgs were awarded the Nobel Prize for physics in 2013,” says Prof Nick van Remortel (UAntwerp). “If these new elementary particles are actually found, it will immediately answer many fundamental questions about the origin of mass and the stability of the universe.”

Read the full article on the SCK-CEN website


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Publication in Nature Physics: CERN experiments report new Brout-Englert-Higgs boson measurements

Geneva, 23 June 2014.
In a paper published in the journal Nature Physics today, the CMS experiment at CERN reports new results on an important property of the Brout-Englert-Higgs particle, whose discovery was announced by the ATLAS and CMS experiments on 4 July 2012. The CMS result follows preliminary results from both experiments, which both reported strong evidence for the fermionic decay late in 2013.

Read more:

UAntwerpen press release (Dutch, pdf - 170Kb)

CERN press release (English)