Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting nature.com. You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

Snapshot: Search for Higgs primed to start

Assembly of detector completes Large Hadron Collider.

Credit: CERN

The final element of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector is gently lowered into place at CERN, Europe's particle-physics laboratory near Geneva in Switzerland. The detector will look for physics beyond the 'standard model' in the high-energy collisions of protons at the Large Hadron Collider, CERN's next-generation particle accelerator.

On 22 January, the last piece of the 1,430-tonne detector was installed in a chamber 100 metres below the surface. There, researchers will join it with 14 other segments to complete the instrument. The CMS will help to lead the search for the Higgs particle, which is believed to endow all other particles with mass. If all goes to plan, it could take its first data later this year.

Authors

Related links

Related links

Related external links

CERN

CMS

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Brumfiel, G. Snapshot: Search for Higgs primed to start. Nature 451, 507 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1038/451507a

Download citation

Search

Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing