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Physics Prof featured in Parade

rogracerrogracer Registered User Posts: 1,205 Senior Member
edited July 2009 in University of Florida
UF has a very strong presence at Fermilab researching high-energy particle physics and the HIGGS boson in particular. Today's Parade Magazine features Jacobo Konigsberg discussing the latest developments at the forefront of physics:

The Race For The Secret of The Universe | Parade.com
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Replies to: Physics Prof featured in Parade

  • gthopefulgthopeful Registered User Posts: 1,828 Senior Member
    Fermilab has made some pretty bold claims recently. With LHC offline, they've been claiming that they might see the Higgs boson within a year or two.
  • rogracerrogracer Registered User Posts: 1,205 Senior Member
    I hope they do. Very exciting times for fundamental physics...and UF is playing a central role in it.
  • goufgatorsgoufgators Registered User Posts: 625 Member
    Yes, they have a very strong presence at Fermi and LHC.
  • rogracerrogracer Registered User Posts: 1,205 Senior Member
    Finding the HIGGS, a key element in unifying quantum theory and relativity, if it does happen, will go down as one of the mankind’s greatest intellectual achievements of all time. I don’t think the general public has any concept of how monumental this is.
  • goufgatorsgoufgators Registered User Posts: 625 Member
    I understand the magnitude of the find. It would be interesting to see if Fermi can find it with its "old technology". Makes me wonder if it was really necessary to build the LHC monster.

    You know what would also be interesting if they find it at Fermi? A UF researcher probably wins the Noble Prize! :D
  • parent2nolesparent2noles Registered User Posts: 7,961 Senior Member
  • goufgatorsgoufgators Registered User Posts: 625 Member
    p2n, unfortunately, not everyone who works at Fermi would get the prize -- only the ones who run the project (like Konigsberg) ;)
  • parent2nolesparent2noles Registered User Posts: 7,961 Senior Member
    Very nice that the guy rotating through the spokesman slot is associated with UF. ;)
    Congratulations!
  • goufgatorsgoufgators Registered User Posts: 625 Member
    He's the spokesman because he's the scientific leader of over 600 physicists working on the project at Fermi... ;) Basically, he's the one managing and running the show... kinda like UF's leading role in one of the two major projects on the LHC.

    ... "Congratulations!" to the UF physics team is an understatement! :D
  • slowdancesslowdances Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    My dad, Prof. Avery actually works with that guy featured in Parade. He works over at CERN and Fermilab quite often. I was very happy to see Fermilab in Parade today! :)
  • goufgatorsgoufgators Registered User Posts: 625 Member
    slowdances, wow that's awesome! Let him know that Gator National (and apparently some FSU alumni ;) ) think he's doing an amazing job... let him know we're proud to have him! :)
  • parent2nolesparent2noles Registered User Posts: 7,961 Senior Member
    Isn't the Gator National run somewhere in Alabama? :)

    Seriously, I don't doubt that UF contributes to the important work the teams are doing at CERN and Fermilab. So is FSU. As to UF being the lead university...well, that's another story.
  • goufgatorsgoufgators Registered User Posts: 625 Member
    hahah... actually.. the "Gator Nationals" Raceway is in Gainesville. I'm not into car racing but from what I understand, its one of the more popular drag racing tracks.... looks like Gators are just excellent at everything.. ;)

    Well, FSU and over 150 other institutions are involved in one way or another. Just some schools are much more involved and invested than others. Its a well known fact that UF's physics department is one of the key contributers to Fermi and LHC. UF's role at Fermi should be pretty clear by now. As for LHC, UF is known to have the leading designing role in the CMS detector and has more participation than any other university in the US on that project. The UF team has many undergraduate students involved on this team conducting research on what is considered to be the most advantageous science project in the history of mankind!
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