Physicist hails mass discovery
A SWANSEA physicist has hailed the discovery of the elusive particle thought to give matter its mass.
Professor Graham Shore has spent seven years working at the Cern (European Organisation for Nuclear Research) complex in Switzerland, where the news was unveiled.
The theoretical physicist is one of several Swansea University academics who have spent time at Cern — home of the particle- smashing Large Hadron Collider — and returns there in a fortnight.
The world's media was abuzz yesterday with the discovery of the particle, known as the Higgs boson.
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Prof Shore said: "This is fantastic news. The evidence for the existence of the Higgs boson presented at Cern is even stronger than I think any of us had been expecting even a couple of weeks ago.
"For many of us, this is a discovery that we have been hoping for through most of our careers. The Higgs boson was the key missing link in our theories of the structure of matter at the most fundamental level. Its discovery opens the way to a new era in particle physics."
Prof Shore was taught by Prof Peter Higgs, the man who gave his name to the mysterious particle and who is giving a lecture at Swansea University next Thursday.