CERN’s LHC Poised to Make Major Announcement –Did They Find the Higgs Boson?

 

0611042_01-A4-at-140001_cmprs

According to the latest rumors whirling through the world physics community, scientists at the LHC are seeing a signal that could correspond to a Higgs particle with a mass of 125 GeV (a proton is slightly less than 1 GeV).


CERN is scheduled to discuss the latest results from ATLAS and CMS, two of the main LHC experiments, on Dec. 13, following a one day after a closed-door CERN council meeting where officials will get a short preview of their results and discoveries to date.

Rumors rippling through the CERN community suggests that results on the elusive Higgs — which is required under the Standard Model of particle physics to provide mass to different particles — will below the five-sigma threshold needed to definitively declare a discovery in physics.

But if the rumors are true, and the Higgs has been seen at 125 GeV, it could bolster the idea that there is physics beyond the Standard Model that describes the behavior of subatomic particles requiring more complex theories, such as supersymmetry, which requires the existence of a heavier partner to all known particles.

The Daily Galaxy via CERN and wired.com

Image credit: epp.cornell.edu

"The Galaxy" in Your Inbox, Free, Daily