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CERN: We’re sure this is a Higgs boson, but we’re not sure which one it is

Last July physics researchers at CERN said they thought they had found evidence of the Higgs boson, a theoretical but essential component of our standard model of physics, and the raison d’être of the enormous Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Now they’ve come back with further analysis of their data, and they’re more sure than ever that what they found is the real deal.

How sure? Well, these are scientists so there’s still a note of caution, but Joe Incandela, a spokesman for one of the LHC experiments, went on-record with a pretty confident statement: “The preliminary results with the full 2012 data set are magnificent and to me it is clear that we are dealing with a Higgs boson.”

However, they’re still not sure what kind of Higgs boson they’re looking at. From today’s statement:

“Having analysed two and a half times more data than was available for the discovery announcement in July, they find that the new particle is looking more and more like a Higgs boson, the particle linked to the mechanism that gives mass to elementary particles. It remains an open question, however, whether this is the Higgs boson of the Standard Model of particle physics, or possibly the lightest of several bosons predicted in some theories that go beyond the Standard Model. Finding the answer to this question will take time.”

It’s not surprising that this task takes time. CERN said a month ago that its storage systems were holding 100 petabytes of data.

The research organization has been working closely with companies such as Yandex to sift through that information in search of unusual events, and in Thursday’s statement CERN pointed out that finding one event means looking through around a trillion proton-proton collisions.

“To characterize all of the decay modes will require much more data from the LHC,” the statement read. For now, the LHC is turned off – it will come back online next year.

2 Responses to “CERN: We’re sure this is a Higgs boson, but we’re not sure which one it is”

  1. Babu G. Ranganathan

    DOES ‘GOD PARTICLE’ EXPLAIN UNIVERSE’S ORIGIN? Just google the title to access this popular Internet article of mine. The Higgs boson does not create mass from nothing. What it does is convert energy into mass. The universe had a beginning. It is not eternal and cannot be eternal because science has shown that the universe does not have the ability to have sustained itself eternally.

    All scientists now believe that the universe (time, space, and matter) came from nothing. Atheistic scientists believe that the universe came from nothing by some natural process that has yet to be discovered. This belief contradicts the first law of thermodynamics in science. Read my Internet article to learn more.

    Babu G. Ranganathan*

    (B.A. Bible/Biology)

    Author of popular Internet article, TRADITIONAL DOCTRINE OF HELL EVOLVED FROM

    *I have given successful lectures (with question and answer period afterwards)
    defending creation before evolutionist science faculty and students at various
    colleges and universities. I’ve been privileged to be recognized in the 24th
    edition of Marquis “Who’s Who in The East” for my writings on
    religion and science.

  2. The bottom line still is that we don’t really know whether Higgs explains mass. I find it interesting that we don’t get any statistical facts about the probabilities of it being the Higgs according to the standard model. I am sure somebody has these stats, but I have not seen any yet, at least. Not even in the official press release from CERN.

    My take on physics is controversial. I don’t think that particles exists. I think that the universe is close to infinite standing waves, where the end point of each wave is the core of the atom.

    Quantum mechanics might not be confusing at all. If you split the entire universe into the physical universe (energy) and infinite separate mental parallel universes (opposite energy), the wave collapse might be explainable as where all the universes meet. They collapse in the orbit of the electron. The photons transferring energy between these orbits of electrons is what we as observers perceive as reality.

    Se more at