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The Higgs Boson exists

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A carefully worded announcement of the discovery of a new particle was made in two successive seminars in CERN starting at 9 AM in Geneva and webcast around the world. To most working physicists it seems quite likely that the standard model of particle physics was completed today. The future is not only continuing work to check that the new particle is indeed the Higgs boson and nothing else, but also to look at the details of the discovery for evidence of new physics beyond this.

The Hindu reported:

The five-decade-long hunt for the elusive Higgs boson or the “God particle” has reached a milestone, with scientists at the CERN claiming on Wednesday that they have discovered a new subatomic particle that looks like the one believed to be crucial for formation of the universe.

Joe Incandela, leader of one of the two independent teams at the world’s biggest atom smasher, told a packed audience of scientists at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) that the data has reached the level of certainty needed for a discovery.

But he has not yet confirmed that the new particle is indeed the tiny and elusive Higgs boson, which is believed to give all matter in the universe size and shape.

Meanwhile, the second team of physicists also claimed they have observed a new particle, probably the elusive Higgs boson.

The announcements were made to huge applause by scientists including Peter Higgs who first suggested the existence of the particle in 1964.

In a statement, CERN said the particle they found at LHC is “consistent with (the) long-sought Higgs boson,” but more data was needed to identify the find.

The Higgs boson is intimately related to the creation of mass. It was proposed in independent works, all published in 1964, by Peter Higgs, Francois Englert and Robert Brout (working together) and Carl Hagen, Gerald Guralnik and Thomas Kibble (working together). Brout died in 2011. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was first proposed in 1984, accepted as a program of CERN in 1990 and started producing data three years ago.

How did ET come up with this elegant and insightful line about the standard model? The article is datelined Aspen Colorado, so presumably it comes from a press release:

The finding affirms a grand view of a universe described by simple and elegant and symmetrical laws – but one in which everything interesting, like ourselves, results from flaws or breaks in that symmetry.


Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

July 4, 2012 at 9:35 am

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