Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland may be ready to announce that they have caught a glimpse of the Higgs Boson Particle. The Higgs Boson is more commonly referred to as the “God” Particle, because it is theorized that it is the particle which creates mass in objects. Its discovery would prove the Standard Theory of physics and be able to explain the formation of the Universe.
The Large Hadron Collider was built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) with the intention of testing various theories of high-energy physics and primarily for testing for the existence of the Higgs Boson. It was built in collaboration with over 10,000 scientists and engineers from more than 100 countries. The Large Hadron Collider lies in a tunnel 17 miles in diameter at a depth of 574 feet beneath the borders of France and Switzerland, close to the Swiss capital of Geneva.
Scientists believe that they have the particle within their sights, but are just short of announcing a formal discovery. As reported in the BBC “Prof Stefan Soldner-Rembold, from the University of Manchester, called the quality of the LHC’s results exceptional”, adding: “Within one year we will probably know whether the Higgs particle exists, but it is likely not going to be a Christmas present.”
The Large Hadron Collider has been featured heavily among many different entertainment mediums, being featured on the hit TV show The Big Bang Theory and the subject of Antimatter production in the hit movie Angels and Demons. There was a fear among internet bloggers prior to its opening that because it would be creating Black Holes within the tunnel that the Large Hadron Collider had the ability to destroy the world.
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