The nominating institution SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory on the breakthrough:

The Higgs boson is a unique particle endowing mass to all other particles. Giant digital cameras are needed to observe its precise properties and probe how the elementary building blocks of matter interact. At SLAC we are constructing the core of the biggest and most precise camera ever built. With its more than 1 Giga pixels we will probe the unknown and learn more about the missing 95% of our universe with the ATLAS experiment at the future High-Luminosity era of LHC.

Tags: Space & the Universe, Fundamental Science