One of the most anticipated announcements in history of science could be The Higgs Boson aka God Particle which may have been found as reports stats. The particle is crucial and is believed to give all other particles their mass give and complete Einstein’s theory of the universe.
The Higgs Boson particle is being validated in the Large Hadron Collider outside Geneva beginning to the end of one of the most longest and expensive manhunt in the history of physics, changing our knowledge of the universe. A number nations have contributed nine billion dollars to build the 27 kilometers LHC and has taken over 30 years.
Physics blogger Peter Woit, who writes for Not Even Wrong, says that
‘This year’s result saw the same spiking as the tests last year, indicating last year’s result were not a mistake or aberration. To oversimplify the situation, last year both experiments were seeing roughly a 3 sigma excess in gamma-gamma around 125 GeV. This is oversimplifying matters, this may still be a but too much for anyone without an advanced degree in particle physics. The even simpler form is that in 2011, CERN was hoping to see spikes in their two experiments, which would offer evidence to support the hypothetical particle and these spikes did occur.’
‘This was enough to convince many people that it was highly likely that this was the Higgs. However, that size excess is not completely convincing, it is not unheard of for there to be statistical flukes of such size. The 2012 data that is being analysed… is of a similar size to the 2011 data. If 2011 was a fluke, you expect to see nothing much around 125 GeV in the 2012 data.’
‘If the 2011 signal really was the Higgs you expect the signal to strengthen. What I’m hearing from both experiments is that they are seeing an excess in the new data, strengthening the significance of the signal.’
[box_dark]According to the Times report, much of this confirmation process is still on-going:
Right now, most of the physicists doing the work do not even know what they have. In order to avoid bias, the physicists involved avoided looking at most of the crucial data until last week, when they “unblinded” it. About 500 physicists on each team are analyzing eight different ways a Higgs boson, once produced in the collider, might decay and leave its signature.[/box_dark]
The research team at CERN is going to have a International conference on High Energy Physics in Melbourne, Australia, which is on July 4, where the Results for experiments may be ruled out.
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