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The signing of the MoU between CERN, Geneva, the ATLAS cluster of the United Arab Emirates and the University took place during an event organized by the science division of NYUAD.
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Abu Dhabi: Three UAE-based universities will represent the UAE as cluster institutions in the ATLAS experiment, one of the largest collaborative scientific efforts.

ATLAS is a particle physics experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) of the European Organization for Research in Nuclear and Particle Physics (CERN). It is dedicated to the discovery of the Higgs boson, an elementary component of the physical framework that defines everything in the known universe, and NYU Abu Dhabi, the University of the United Arab Emirates and the University of Sharjah – the ATLAS cluster of the Emirates United Arabs – will cooperate to build an effort for this.

The agreement between CERN, Geneva, the ATLAS cluster in the United Arab Emirates and NYUAD took place at an event hosted by the science division of NYUAD, the Abu Dhabi-based university said in a statement. Andreas Hoecker, elected ATLAS 2021-2023 spokesperson, delivered a keynote address and co-signed the MoU with NYUAD Vice-Chancellor Mariët Westermann, Dean of Science and Professor of Physics at NYUAD , and ATLAS team leader Marta Losada to mark the start. collaboration.

NYUAD contributions

Losada was already part of the large-scale international collaboration ATLAS that discovered the Higgs boson in 2012. The particle associated with the Higgs field, an energy field that transmits mass to elementary particles passing through it. Peter Higgs and François Englert theorized in 1964 that this is how elementary particles in the universe came to have mass. an elementary component within the framework of physics which defines everything in the known universe. The observation of the particle was the last hidden component on the path to the solidification of the fundamental model of physics.

“It’s such a rewarding and inspiring moment at the same time. The exploration of ATLAS pushes the boundaries of knowledge by seeking answers to fundamental questions and it is such a privilege for us to be part of this quest for the unknown. NYUAD has enormous potential, I only had to come here once to recognize it and this collaboration is an unprecedented opportunity for the advancement of science at NYUAD and the development of research capacity in the UAE ”, said said Losada.

International effort

ATLAS is a collaboration of physicists, engineers, technicians, students and support staff from around the world who continue to uncover some of the most significant innovative developments in technology and physics in search of the unknown, exploring and thus discovering new phenomena beyond existing theories. predictions. ATLAS physicists study the fundamental constituents of matter to better understand the rules of their interactions. Their research led to groundbreaking discoveries, like that of the Higgs boson.