Higgs boson: Scientists find signs of missing ‘God particle’

“Scientists said they had found signs of the Higgs boson, an elementary particle believed to have played a vital role in the creation of the universe after the Big Bang”.
First of all I would like to explain what is the Higgs boson particle and why do people call it the ‘god particle’ before presenting its whole report.

What is the Higgs boson?

This particle is named after Peter Higgs, an Edinburgh University physicist, the Higgs boson particle is crucial to understanding the origin of mass and it has been called “the brick that built the universe,” “the angel of creation” and “the god particle.” It is thought to have emerged from the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago and have brought much of the rest of the flying debris together to form galaxies, stars and planets.

Why do people call it the ‘god particle’?

Its theistic nickname was coined by Nobel prizewinning physicist Leon Lederman, but Higgs himself is no fan of the label. According to Higgs, it wasn’t even Lederman’s choice to call it the god particle: “He wanted to refer to it as that ‘goddamn particle’ and his editor wouldn’t let him.”

Now, What Report says:

GENEVA: Scientists said on Tuesday they had found signs of the Higgs boson, an elementary particle believed to have played a vital role in the creation of the universe after the Big Bang.

Scientists at the CERN physics research centre near Geneva said, however, they had found no conclusive proof of the existence of the particle which, according to prevailing theories of physics, gives everything in the universe its mass.

“If the Higgs observation is confirmed… this really will be one of the discoveries of the century,” said Themis Bowcock, a professor of particle physics at Britain’s Liverpool University.

“Physicists will have uncovered a keystone in the makeup of the Universe… whose influence we see and feel every day of our lives.”

The leaders of two experiments, ALTAS and CMS, revealed their findings to a packed seminar at CERN, where they have tried to find traces of the elusive boson by smashing particles together in the Large Hadron Collider at high speed.

“Both experiments have the signals pointing in essentially the same direction,” said Oliver Buchmueller, senior physicist on CMS. “It seems that both Atlas and us have found the signals are at the same mass level. That is obviously very important.”

Fabiola Gianotti, the scientist in charge of the ATLAS experiment, told a seminar to discuss the findings. She said “I think it would be extremely kind of the Higgs boson to be here, but it is too early” for final conclusions, she said. “More studies and more data are needed. The next few months will be very exciting… I don’t know what the conclusions will be.”

While its discovery would cement current knowledge about particles such as electrons and photons, results of work at CERN could also prove it does not exist. Such an outcome would undermine the foundations of accepted theories of the make-up of the universe.

“If the first inklings of the Higgs boson are confirmed, then this is just the start of the adventure to unlock the secrets of the fundamental constituents of the Universe,” said Stephen Haywood, Head of the Atlas Group at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

The ATLAS results were followed by explanation of the second experiment, CMS.

“We are homing in on the Higgs,” said Claire Shepherd-Themistocleus, Head of the CMS Group at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

“We have had hints today of what its mass might be and the excitement of scientists is palpable. Whether this is ultimately confirmed or we finally rule out a low mass Higgs boson, we are on the verge of a major change in our understanding of the fundamental nature of matter.”

Struggling to cope with demand from Higgs-hunters. “It can still happen that it is a fluctuation, but all we see from both experiments is compatible with what we would expect for a Higgs signal to build up,” said Buchmueller.

“But we really need the data from next year to be sure of what we’re seeing.”

References: Times of India (The article published inĀ  Times of India on 13th dec 2011 under the heading – Higgs boson: Scientists find signs of missing ‘God particle’)
    • debbiebrooks37
    • December 16th, 2011

    Very interesting

  1. Very exciting work! Interesting article, thanks for sharing!

    • h2mdesign
    • December 16th, 2011

    Nice summary – I’ve seen a lot about this in the news & I wondered how it got its name! šŸ™‚

  2. Thank you, Vikas, for keeping us abreast of developments that I find extremely interesting!

  3. HI! I nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award, Details are on my homepage!

    • Thank you all for your nice responses, if the Higgs observation is confirmed then this really will be one of the discoveries of the century…. And @Lost in Town, thank you for the nomination!! šŸ™‚

  4. such a good info… keep writing!! šŸ˜†

    • mobius faith
    • February 6th, 2012

    Fascinating. Keep up the great reporting.

    • Siradis Network Channeling
    • April 1st, 2012

    Great explanation, thank you!

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