Avto Kharchilava, PhD, 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
Please note that Kharchilava is on sabbatical this semester. Email is the best way to reach him.
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