UO professor discusses Higgs Boson at campus lecture

EUGENE, Ore. - A recent discovery in modern science has professors and students at the University of Oregon doing research as far away as Geneva, Switzerland.

UO Knight Professor Jim Brau is a leading scientist in a new discovery of the elusive Higgs Boson particle.

Brau has been working on an experiment called Atlas at the Large Hadron Collider with a UO Energy Physics Group and other international scientists near Geneva.

Brau shared his findings on the elusive Higgs Boson at a public lecture on campus Monday night.

The UO professor said he believes the new discovery could possibly be the Higgs Boson.

"The Higgs Boson is a particle that was hypothesized nearly 50 years ago in order to explain the origin of mass of fundamental particles," Brau said.

Brau added that the new particle has many of the features we expect of the Higgs Boson.

"It is important to explain the differences in fundamental forces, in particular the electromagnetic force and the weak nuclear force," Brau said. "Those two forces of nature are very different, but it could be the reason they're different is the Higgs Boson is causing them to be different."

Brau also addressed the importance of knowing what really is out there in the universe.

"I'm very fascinated by the nature of the universe and how it behaves," Brau said. "This is one more step in our understanding of that and it's fantastic. It's very exciting."

Brau said they will continue to run the experiment and release new research as it becomes available.