After the Higgs: Penn Gears Up for New Physics Discoveries at CERN

After a two-year hiatus, the Large Hadron Collider at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, is gearing up for its second run. The LHC enabled the 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson, which gives mass to all particles, but the world’s most complicated scientific apparatus is far from finished.

The Penn contingent consists of professors Brig Williams, Joseph Kroll, Evelyn Thomson and Elliot Lipeles, all based in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences, and a team of four postdoctoral fellows, 12 graduate students and technical staff. 

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