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Casola in Lunigiana


Guido Tonelli

A Tuscan scientist who contributed to the discovery of the Higgs boson

Physicists seem to people different from us, surely fascinating, but complex to move and find out. Not so with Guido Tonelli, a Tuscan physicist who has contributed in recent years to researching in a tangible way, a Professor of international renown and who represent us in the world.

One simple Tuscan scientist, a Professor who contributed to the discovery of the Higgs boson.

Guido Tonelli was born in Casola in Lunigiana in November 1950 he graduated in physics at the age of 25 years at the University of Pisa, becoming professor at the same University in 1992 with a professorship in Physics at computer engineering .

ASAP proves to be interested looking for collaborating with CERN and working in the United States the Collider Detector at Fermilab (CDF), a detector for elementary particle physics who collected results of collisions between protons and antiprotons generated by the accelerator Tevatron.

To date his greatest contribution was the search for the Higgs boson, contributing to the discovery of a new particle observation consistent with the theory of 1964.

The Higgs boson was discovered in 2012 thanks to his studies and those of other colleagues with whom he collaborated and who brought the 8 October 2013 to proclaim the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2013 and Peter Higgs and François Englert.


But what is the Higgs boson?

The Higgs boson is a particle associated with the Higgs field, according to which theory would be present in the universe giving mass to elementary particles, namely those indivisible elements do not composed of particles.

In addition, its existence helps give shape to the standard model that describes three fundamental forces and elementary particles. A fact of considerable importance, because without it you would alter the calculation that would affect the confirmation of the theory.


Even physics speaks Tuscan and thanks to the studies of Professor Guido Tonelli had an opportunity to tell a little story and at the same time one of the most stunning scientific discoveries.