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, Volume 194, Issue 2, pp 259–274 | Cite as

The missing piece of the puzzle: the discovery of the Higgs boson

  • Allan FranklinEmail author
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Abstract

The missing piece of the puzzle: the discovery of the Higgs boson On July 4, 2012 the CMS and ATLAS collaborations at the large hadron collider jointly announced the discovery of a new elementary particle, which resembled the Higgs boson, the last remaining undiscovered piece of the standard model of elementary particles. Both groups claimed to have observed a five-standard-deviation (five sigmas) effect above background, the gold standard for discovery in high-energy physics. In this essay I will briefly discuss the how the CMS collaboration performed the experiment and analyzed the data. I will also show the experimental results.

Keywords

CMS Higgs boson Good experiment 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA

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