The Sound of Higgs

CERN Large Hadron Collider researcher Domenico Vicinanza at DANTE is also a musician. So with Mariapaola Sorrentino at the ASTRA Project and Giuseppe La Rocca at INFN he found a way to put notes to data points from the Atlas project that identified the Higgs boson. The key piece of evidence came from an anomaly in the data -- the high F, C, E in the score.

The Instrument played by an orchestra of 3000 physicists from 38 countries

For scale, note the scientist above, standing in lower center of the image

ATLAS is about 45 meters long, more than 25 meters high, and weighs about 7,000 tons. It is about half as big as the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and weighs the same as the Eiffel Tower or a hundred 747 jets.

If all the data ATLAS produces were recorded, it would fill 100,000 CDs per second, creating a stack of CDs 450 feet high. ATLAS actually only records a fraction of the data, just the part that show signs of new physics--about 27 CDs worth a minute.