Synthetic Diamonds Used in “God Particle” Research

Synthetic diamonds produced by De Beers subsidiary Element Six were used in the recent discovery of the “God particle” consistent with Higgs boson, the company announced. 

High purity CVD-grown synthetic diamond was shown to be the most robust sensor material available that could withstand the harsh, high-radiation environment needed for the experiments, the company said. 

“The use of synthetic diamond sensors was essential for a smooth operation of the LHC [Large Hadron Collider] and the collection of high quality data by the LHC experiments, making the observation of the new particle possible,” said professor Wolfgang Lohmann from Germany’s Brandenburg University of Technology in a statement.

“We are incredibly proud of the small, but important, contribution our synthetic diamond has made in [the discovery],” said Adrian Wilson, head of technologies division at Element Six, in a statement.  “We congratulate CERN [European Organization for Nuclear Research] and wish them continued success in their fundamental work with the Large Hadron Collider.”


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