Now you can hunt the Higgs Boson for yourself using a new app!

Screenshot of the app in action
Screenshot of the app in action
(Credit: University of Oxford)

Physicists spent years tracking down the elusive Higgs Boson particle using the 27km long Large Hadron Collider at CERN as part of the world’s largest science experiment and now you can have a go at finding it for yourself – using technology that fits into the palm of your hand. A new smart-phone app called ‘Collider’ allows you to play games, watch high energy particle collisions streamed from the Large Hadron Collider and hunt for the Higgs Boson and the good news is - it’s all free

The app, in Android and iOS versions, is now available.

Collider was developed by a PHD student at Oxford University, Chris Boddy and University of Birmingham graduate Tom McLaughlan using funding from Science and Technology Facilities Council public engagement awards.

Tom said:

“I'm really impressed with how well received Collider has been so far, and so soon after release. I've only heard good things from people, and everyone talking about it comments on how cool it is that anyone can find a Higgs Boson on their phones. I hope that in the coming weeks and months that many more people get to experience Collider, and learn a thing or two about the physics being done at the LHC!”

Comments from some of those who’ve used the app so far include:

"Fantastic educational tool and great design. Very easy to use app and allows you to really understand the science being done at the LHC!"
"A great app that’s easy to use. It makes understanding high energy physics within reach for anyone!"


Notes to Editors

For more details please contact Dr Alan Barr at Oxford.

Further information about CERN and the Higgs Boson is available.

More details about STFC’s public engagement funding.


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