South Bend, Ind. Some of the research done on the so-called “God Particle" was done right here in South Bend at Notre Dame.
Physics Professor Colin Jessop, along with other faculty and students, developed a camera that captured the discovery of the Higgs-Boson.
A team of about 25 people from Notre Dame worked with Cern in Switzerland. And, they say this major scientific breakthrough opens the door for many more discoveries.
”This actually is the culmination of the first phase of our program,” says Colin Jessop a Notre Dame Physics Professor. “It is exciting but it is not the end. You might think the discovery is the end but it is actually the beginning. The nature of the Higgs Boson Existence leads us to believe that will be other particles to discover.”
“I was really excited that part of my research was recognized as a groundbreaking discovery and fundamental to science research,” says Doug Berry a graduate student at Notre Dame. “There's huge public interest. Generally when you talk to people about science they are not very interested. This is one way to get people involved in it.”
The team even worked with local high school students through an outreach program. So, some Michiana teens played a role in this internationally recognized, and now Nobel Prize winning, project.