Science Breakthrough of the Year is Higgs Boson Discovery: Prof. Nakano Involved
February 14, 2013
The US scientific journal Science has announced its ten "Breakthroughs of the Year" for the scientific world in 2012. The top breakthrough is the discovery of a Higgs boson by an international team at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). This research has progressed jointly between CERN and other researchers in Japan and worldwide, with the participation of the Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology's own Professor Itsuo Nakano (Director of the Research Center of Quantum Universe).
The Higgs boson was the one undiscovered particle of the 17 essential particles of elementary particle physics. As the particle giving mass to elementary particles, it has been called the "God particle" and its discovery has major significance. Okayama University will continue through Professor Nakano to work on explicating the Higgs boson in close conjunction with other research organizations worldwide.
Science has also in the past chosen the structural analysis of photosynthetic proteins by our own Professor Jian-Ren Shen of the Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology as one of the breakthroughs of 2011.
Science "Breakthrough of the Year, 2012": http://www.sciencemag.org/site/special/btoy2012/
Center of Quantum Universe, Faculty of Science, Okayama University: