The Interactions Collaboration and the worldwide particle physics community are launching Higgs10.org to celebrate this historic milestone from now to 4 July 2022 - with events, stories, and a reprise of the popular Quantum Diaries blog, culminating in an online anniversary celebration on the day of the discovery.
Ten years ago, on 4 July 2012, the worldwide collaborations of the ATLAS and CMS experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN announced the long-anticipated discovery of the Higgs Boson. The historic discovery received unprecedented media attention, was recognized with a Nobel Prize and shaped the future of particle physics forever.
"We have reached a milestone in our understanding of nature,” said then CERN Director General Rolf Heuer on 4 July 2012.
Through June and leading up to the anniversary on 4 July, the international particle physics community is celebrating this collective achievement and reflecting on the significant implications the discovery continues to have.
The Interactions Collaboration - a group of particle physics communicators working at institutions around the world - has created Higgs10.org to join the celebration, connect with online or local events and share stories from physicists: some who were involved in the building the experiments and analyzing data, and others whose careers have been inspired by the Higgs discovery.
The stories are part of a limited reprise of the Quantum Diaries - a blog site that 10 years ago chronicled the Higgs boson discovery along with other topics in the field, through the eyes of particle physicists working on the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at the time.
“My 4.5-year old son likes to talk to his parents about what they do for work. He is fond of talking about all the “doctor tools” that my wife uses in her medical practice. Writing this for the special Higgs anniversary makes me realize that I should start stressing the “Higgs Boson tools” that I use in my work, too.”
- Jahred Adelman, Quantum Diaries 2022
The capstone of this celebration will be a symposium at CERN broadcast live on 4 July 2022. Other events include screenings of the full-length film Particle Fever, which chronicled the road to the Higgs Boson discovery.
Visit Higgs10.org to learn more, follow Quantum Diaries 2022 and find events online or near you.