Starting around 2005, I started searching for the Higgs boson. At the time, we knew we would need more data and better techniques to discover it. In 2012, simultaneously, the CMS and ATLAS experiments observed the Higgs boson in Europe, while the CDF and D0 experiments found evidence for it in the U.S.
The CMS experiment observed the Higgs boson, July 4, 2012.
In my first year at CMS, with my experience as the leader of the Higgs boson search group at CDF, I was on the Analysis Review Committee for 5 different combined searches to observe the Higgs boson. Finally, we announced the observation of the Higgs boson on July 4, 2012. This publication has been cited almost 10000 times.
After the excitement of the discovery, my UZH group worked on some outstanding problems related to the Higgs boson :
We also searched for new heavy boosted particles decaying to Higgs bosons :
And we even looked for a light, Higgs-like particle decaying to tau leptons :
My main Higgs-searching publications with CDF (2000 - 2012)
From 2000 until 2012, I searched for the Higgs boson with the CDF experiment at the Tevatron at Fermilab. I contributed novel techniques to three different methods of searching for the Higgs boson, and led the group for several years.
Here are some publications over this journey, starting with some hope in 2000, and finally culminating in evidence for the Higgs boson at the Fermilab Tevatron in July 2012.