Isn’t this why they built it? Whats next for CERN I wonder? Are they all gonna pack up and go back to waiting tables now? What about the Tachyon, I think we need to find the tachyon. That way we can either go back in time or cover our lawns with plastic birds.
World awaits Higgs boson announcement
Monday, 2 July 2012 Robert Evans
The Higgs Boson is a vital component of the ‘Standard Model’ (CERN)
- Higgs boson: Have they found it?, Science Online, 12 Dec 2011
- Higgs boson may be a mirage, Science Online, 23 Aug 2011
- Does my Higgs boson look big in this?, Science Online, 26 May 2011
Physicists around the world are preparing for an announcement this Wednesday that is tipped to confirm the existence of the Higgs boson.
The Higgs boson is said to have appeared out of the chaos of the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago and turned the flying debris from that primeval explosion into galaxies, stars, and planets.
Its formal discovery, according to a broad scientific consensus, would be the greatest advance in knowledge of the universe in decades.
But until now, in the four decades of research since its existence was first posited, no-one has claimed to have more than seen a hint of the Higgs Boson.
This may be about to change.
At 5:00 pm (AEST) this Wednesday, two separate teams at the CERN particle physics research centre near Geneva, are expected to announce that they have spotted it.
Or at least something that looks incredibly like it.
“Think of it as a smoking duck,” says Oliver Buchmueller, a senior scientist on one of the teams, the CMS.
“If it walks like a Higgs and it quacks like a Higgs, then we would have to at least consider the possibility that we have a prominent new member of the boson family on our hands.”
The Higgs Boson is a vital component of the ‘Standard Model’ – the all-encompassing 30-year-old scientific theory of how the universe works at the simplest level.
Without it, says US physicist Matt Strassler, “nothing like human beings, or the earth we live on, could exist”.