Closing In On The Higgs Boson

At least two experiments at CERN’s large Hadron Collider (LHC) have produced results that suggest… no one is willing to say “prove” yet… that the Higgs boson exists, in the expected energy range. An energy of around 126 GeV has also been suggested. One problem in detecting the Higgs boson is that it is detectable only by its decay results, and if it exists, it has a large variety of ways in which it can decay.

Why is the Higgs boson important? Two reasons:

  • it is the only particle predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics that has not yet been observed (or maybe it has!),
  • it is the particle that gives other particles mass.

If they find it, things will get interesting. If they don’t find it, things will get even more interesting… a lot of physics will have to be reinvented.

(Sourced from three articles on December 13 on Science Daily, here, here and here.

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  • MandT  On Thursday December 22, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Very exciting!

    • Steve  On Thursday December 22, 2011 at 11:44 pm

      MandT, particle physics and cosmology are more exciting by far than politics. If only more people recognized that, perhaps there wouldn’t be such a crying need by some people to beat the @#$%^ out of other people.

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