Researchers from Wayne State University, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan were involved in the historic search for the Higgs Boson. The discovery of the particle that gives mass to matter was announced on July 4.
A group of physicists at Wayne State have been involved in the project for 10 years, conducting complementary research at the Collider Detector at Fermilab. Said Dr. Robert Harr, professor in WSU's Department of Physics and Astronomy, in an article for HuffPost Detroit
: ""I feel fantastic. To finally convince ourselves that this is the Higgs boson will take more work, but the results themselves are just fantastic."
At Michigan State University, assistant professor Wade Fisher
has coordinated the research of the Fermilab Higgs searches through his role directing the DZero team and convening the Tevatron Higgs Working Group where the two Tevatron experiments – DZero and CDF – work to combine search results. (DZero is an international experiment conducted by 446 physicists from 82 institutions in 18 countries.)
More than a dozen University of Michigan researchers and graduate students
were involved in the search for the Higgs. Michigan researchers, with help from more than 60 undergraduates, also played leading roles in designing and building components of ATLAS, one of the two detectors used in the Higgs search.
One Michigan professor even won a bet with Stephen Hawking that the Higgs would be discovered. Theoretical physicist Gordon Kane will be $100 richer after Hawking conceded defeat during an interview with the BBC.