AMSTERDAM, September 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ â"
Physics Letters B, Elsevierâs flagship journal in high energy physics, announced today that the observations of the long-sought Higgs particle, hailed as one of the greatest scientific discoveries of all time, have been published. The papers: âObservation of a new boson at a mass of 125 GeV with the CMS experiment at the LHCâ and âObservation of a new particle in the search for the Standard Model Higgs boson with the ATLAS detector at the LHCâ are freely available online on ScienceDirect.
In July 2012, The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva announced they had captured a new particle that may be the elusive Higgs Boson in two gigantic experiments, ATLAS and CMS, both of which independently confirmed the particleâs existence. A worldwide collaboration of more than 5,000 researchers contributed to the discovery.
âThese papers present the first observations of a new particle discovered by two big experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in the search for the Standard Model Higgs boson which has spanned many decades and has involved many experiments,â explains physicist Joe Incandela, spokesperson of the CMS experiment. âThey are the most important papers to come from the LHC so far and the findings are key to the field of particle physics. We are very pleased to see them published in Physics Letters B, accessible to all who may want to read them.â
âThe discovery reported in these papers is a momentousÂ step forward in fundamental knowledge,â added ATLAS experiment spokesperson Fabiola Gianotti. âIt is theÂ culmination of more than 20 years of effort of the worldwideÂ high-energy physics community to build and operateÂ instruments of unprecedented technology, complexity and performance: the LHC accelerator and related experiments.â
The existence of the Higgs particle was first predicted in 1964 by three groups of leading physicists independently â" FranÃ§ois Englert and Robert Brout in August, Peter Higgs in October, and Gerald Guralnik, C. R. Hagen, and Tom Kibble (GHK) in November. Its discovery completes the Standard Model of particle physics and, most importantly, validates the theories developed over the last 50 years explaining how elementary particles can have mass.
âElsevier has been working in close relationship with CERN in many ways, from publishing in Open Access LHC results, to SCOAP3, to improve our support for the CERN analysis framework ROOT files with scientific articles,â said Eleonora Presani, publisher of Physics Letters B at Elsevier. âWe are proud that this relationship has been strengthened by their decision to publish in Physics Letter B two of the most important articles in their field in the last decade.â
From the outset, Physics Letters B has played an important role in publishing some of the milestone papers in the hunt for the Higgs boson-from Professor Higgsâ letter nearly half a century ago, âBroken symmetries, massless particles and gauge fieldsâ, to more recent experiments that narrowed the search for the Higgs particle. For example, âCombined results of searches for the standard model Higgs boson in pp collisions atÂ â (and âCombined search for the Standard Model Higgs boson using up to 4.9 fbâ'1 of pp collision data at with the ATLAS detector at the LHC.â
About Physics Letters B
Physics LettersB is the flagship journal in high energy physics. The journal will change from a subscription based model into an open access model by the start of 2014. The journal has been included in SCOAP3Â (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics), a new model for open access publishing. Benefits of publishing in Physics LettersB as part of the SCOAP3Â model include perpetual open access, no charges to authors, wide re-use licenses as well as reduction and re-direction of subscription fees to centrally cover for article processing charges in participating journals.
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