Japanese technology contributes to 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics

6 years ago by in Japan, Technology

This year, the Nobel Prize in Physics was won by two European scientists, Francois Englert of Belgium and Peter Higgs of Britain, for discovering why matter has mass. However, the achievement could not have been possible without the contribution of Japan’s technology and researchers.

The two European researchers’ main discovery was the so-called Higgs boson particle, in which Japanese companies and researchers have made a huge contribution, the local press comments.

The discovery of the Higgs boson particle took place at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), where microparticle protons zip at near light-speed around a 27-kilometer underground ring beneath Switzerland and France.

The main component of the equipment is a superconducting cable that was produced by Japan’s Furukawa Electric Co.

People cheered and applauded at Furukawa Electric’s head office in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo when the Nobel Prize for Physics was announced on TV.

“I would like to share the joy with my colleagues,” Akira Takagi, 48, who was a leading member of the team that developed the cable, said.

Around 3,000 scientists worked together to discover the Higgs boson, with more than 100 from them being Japanese.

Prof. Shoji Asai of the University of Tokyo said, “Japanese researchers and companies made a significant contribution.” Asai led a group of Japanese scientists who analyzed data that helped confirm the existence of the Higgs boson.