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Purdue Professor On Team That Discovered Higgs Particle

Peter Higgs and Francois Englert received the 2013 Nobel prize in physics this week for their discovery of "the God particle."

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The Higgs boson particle is sometimes known as "the God particle."

A Purdue Calumet physics professor is on the research team that worked toward the discovery of the so-called “God particle.”

Peter Higgs and Francois Englert received the 2013 Nobel prize in physics for their discovery of the Higgs boson subatomic particle.

Neeti Parashar said she stayed up all night awaiting the news on Tuesday, and “was so excited, like a child,” when she heard she was part of the winning team.

“This is a very fundamental principle of how you, me and matter was actually made up since the time of the big bang,” she says.

Parashar says Fermi Lab colleagues, Leon Letterman, was working on a book and the publisher suggested that he use a term that the average person would understand.

That was how the “God particle” term came about. She also says the search for the elusive sub-atomic particle was so frustrating that researchers would often curse at it.

Parashar says she and her colleagues at Purdue Calumet will continue working on the Higgs boson particle.

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