Researchers at CERN have been using the Large Hadron Collider to search for the elusive Higgs boson particle, and scientists believe that the first glimpse of it may come as soon as next week.
“I think we are going to get the first glimpse,” Professor John Ellis, a former head of theoretical physics at Cern, told Newsnight science editor Susan Watts “The LHC experiments have already looked high and low for this missing piece.
“It could be that it weighs several hundred times the proton mass, but that seems very unlikely, then there’s a whole intermediate range where we know it cannot be, then there’s the low mass range where we actually expect it might be. There seem to be some hints emerging there… and that’s what we’re going to learn on Tuesday”.
The Large Hadron Collider was built primarily to find the Higgs boson particle, so naturally CERN, as well as the scientific community, is excited about the possibility of new information coming out next week. Scientists don’t expect definitive proof of the particle to come out, however, but they have hopes that CERN will come out with the strongest evidence of the particle’s existence to date.
The Higgs boson particle is thought to be responsible for giving mass to fundamental particles that make up the universe. It’s often referred to as the “God particle” by the media, but the particle isn’t quite so deserving of such a grandiose title – even if its existence were to be confirmed, it doesn’t explain everything as the title may suggest.
That’s not to diminish the importance of the Higgs boson particle though – its discovery would be a considerable leap forward in our knowledge of physics and the way the universe works.
via BBC News