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Iowans help with research related to Nobel Prize

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Iowans played a role in the research that led to two physicists receiving the Nobel Prize.

For several years University of Iowa faculty and students have helped advance the theory that eventually led to the discovery of the Higgs Boson. One crew at the university even built a particle collector, an important piece of equipment in discovering the Higgs Boson.

 "It was obviously a very exciting discovery," said Yasar Onel, UI Professor. "Of course at that time we didn't know which direction it would go, we still don't know which direction it will go, but this is something very very fundamental."

The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Peter Higgs and Francois Englert for developing the theory of the Higgs field. Around 75 people from the University of Iowa have worked on Higgs-related projects.

 

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