All the physicists of the Belgian Physical Society would like to congratulate François Englert and Peter Higgs for the Nobel Prize in Physics 2013
On October 8 2013, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced that the Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 was awarded jointly to François Englert from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and Peter W. Higgs from the University of Edinburgh, "for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider"
François Englert together with his now deceased colleague Robert Brout and independently Peter Higgs proposed in 1964 the spontaneous symmetry breaking mechanism to provide a mass to the elementary particles. The mechanism implies the existence of a particle : a scalar boson.
Taken together the works of Brout-Englert and Higgs provided the key elements to build the Standard Model of elementary particles.
François Englert has been previously awarded numerous prizes :
- the Belgian Francqui Prize, awarded by the Francqui Foundation once every four years in exact sciences
- the European Physical Society High Energy and Particle Physics Prize was awarded to Brout, Englert and Higgs in 1997
- the Wolf Foundation Prize in Physics was awarded to Brout, Englert and Higgs in 2004
- the J.J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Physics of the American Physical Society was awarded in 2010 jointly to Brout, Englert, Guralnik, Hagen, Higgs, and Kibble
The announcement http://www.nobelprize.org/
ULB press release http://www.ulb.ac.be/nobel/index.html
ULB service de Physique Théorique http://www.ulb.ac.be/sciences/physth/brout_englert_higgs.html
ULB Experimental Particle Physics group http://nobel.iihe.ac.be/
The 2013 Colloquium of the Royal Academies for Sciences and the Arts of Belgium
"Physics and the Energy Challenge"
will take place on April 20 2013 at the Paleis der Academien - Palais des Académies.
2013/04/08 : Ghent University has an opening for a part-time (10% for two years) faculty position at the Department of Solid State Sciences in “Lecturer in the field of Characterization of Semiconductor Devices”. The application deadline is May 8, 2013. More information can be found at http://www.ugent.be/en/news/vacancies/autonomous/characterization-of-semiconductor-devices . Contact person : Prof. Dr. Paul Matthys, head of the Department of Solid State Sciences (tel. : +32 9 264 4357, e-mail : email@example.com ).
2013/01/11: The Université Libre de Bruxelles has an opening for a full time faculty position in Statistical Physics oriented towards the nanosciences. The deadline is March 15, 2013. More information can be found at http://www.ulb.ac.be/ulb/vacances/academiques/index-7.html (reference 2012/071).
2012/11/05 : The UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve, has an opening for a tenure track position in Experimental Laser Physics. The deadline is December 17, 2012. More information can be found at http://www.uclouvain.be/en-423020.html, or by contacting the dean of the Science Faculty (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the chair of the Insitute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences (email@example.com).