The “God Particle,” or Higgs boson, has been sought after by physicists since 1964 and was predicted to be a crucial building block of the universe. And after nearly half a century of research, scientists say they’ve discovered the elusive particle.
Two teams of thousands of scientists at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) have been hunting the God Particle for decades, completing study of a set of data — and they say it seems they’ve pinpointed the subatomic particle sought for so long.
Of the God Particle’s discovery, physicist Joe Incandela of CERN explains that “preliminary results with the full 2012 data set are magnificent,” and he says from his perspective “it is clear that we are dealing with a Higgs boson, though we still have a long way to go to know what kind of Higgs boson it is.”
ATLAS and CMS collaborations at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) announced the God Particle findings at the Moriond Conference Thursday, presenting preliminary new information gleaned in the data study. Though the CERN teams are confident the particle is a Higgs boson, they’re not certain yet whether it is one from the Standard Model.
ATLAS spokesperson Dave Charlton commented after the God Particle discovery was announced, saying that the “beautiful new results represent a huge effort by many dedicated people” and that the findings “point to the new particle having the spin-parity of a Higgs boson as in the Standard Model.” Charlton says the team is “now well started on the measurement program in the Higgs sector.”
In order to drill down on the God Particle’s specifics, the teams plan to carry out further research using the Large Hadron Collider, or LHC. At the physics conference in the Swiss Alps, despite the research yet to be done, the CERN teams did say of the God Particle study that the data set research “strongly indicates that it is a Higgs boson.”