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Avto Kharchilava

Associate Professor of Physics


Higgs boson search, particle detectors, phenomena beyond the Standard Model

Avto Kharchilava helped planned and build the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector of the Large Hadron Collider, the strongest particle accelerator in the world.

He is among researchers worldwide who participated in CMS experiments to search for the Higgs boson, a subatomic particle that could help explain why objects have mass. In 2012, physicists from the CMS experiment and their colleagues announced that they had detected a Higgs-like particle.

Kharchilava is a member of the Higgs Publication Committee Board that oversees the final steps the CMS collaboration must undertake before results on Higgs particle searchers are made public. He is also a member of the D0 experiment at Fermilab, near Chicago, where he studies various aspects of the Standard Model of particle physics.


Avtandyl (Avto) Kharchilava, PhD
Associate Professor of Physics
University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences


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