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Summer Abroad students probe the subatomic universe at CERN, the world’s largest particle physics lab

In 2012, physicists made headline news around the world with the discovery of the Higgs boson, a lynchpin in the standard model of particle physics, the theory describing all matter and forces in the universe. The breakthrough was long-sought confirmation of the theory explaining why some particles have mass and others do not.

September 7, 2022 by Chris Sasaki - A&S News

The Nobel Prize-winning discovery was made with the ATLAS and CMS detectors on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the most powerful particle accelerator ever built. The LHC is located just outside Geneva, Switzerland, at the European Organization for Nuclear Research — known by its French acronym, CERN – the largest particle physics laboratory in the world.

For years, a team of over thirty physicists from U of T — including students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty — have been leading members of the groundbreaking ATLAS collaboration. The team includes Pekka Sinervo, a professor in the Faculty of Arts & Science’s Department of Physics.

During the summer of 2022, two Arts & Science undergraduate students, supervised by Sinervo, had the opportunity to live in Geneva and conduct research at the LHC thanks to U of T’s Summer Abroad program. The program provides students with opportunities to take courses in international locations where they gain invaluable experience.

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