In July 2012, scientists at CERN verified the Higgs boson; the theoretical prediction of its existence has earned Peter Higgs and François Englert this year's Nobel Prize in Physics. A rare glimpse behind the scenes of the worldwide leading particle physics research centre.
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As a child, Jens Stadlmann enjoyed tinkering with bicycles, and today he takes care of the particle-accelerator facilities at the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt.
The most-sensitive scale in the world
In order to measure small things, sometimes huge instruments are required. In this manner research scientists determine, for example, the mass of atoms in laboratories with special mass-spectrometers. But what happens if the objects are even smaller?
No Computing, no Science
As Head of IT at the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY, Volker Gülzow is master of almost infinite amounts of data. Without him and his colleagues, modern science would be nothing