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What is the Higgs Boson?

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What is the Higgs Boson?

Postby Charles » Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:23 am

Beats me! He's an article about it and some video...

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Re: What is the Higgs Boson?

Postby skynet » Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:18 am

An animated explanation in this post: viewtopic.php?f=4&t=3679

And here's a one hour video from BBC:
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Re: What is the Higgs Boson?

Postby skynet » Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:44 am

Place your bets.

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Scientists at CERN say they've found a new particle consistent with the Standard Model Higgs boson with 5-sigma certainty — a false positive probability of about 1 in 9 trillion. Evidence of the particle's existence in the 126GeV mass range was gleaned from the CMS (video below) and ATLAS experiments at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva. CMS spokesperson Joe Incandela explains, "this is indeed a new particle. We know it must be a boson and it’s the heaviest boson ever found."

Before the particle can be determined to be the Standard Model Higgs, scientists will need to find out more about its properties in order to rule out the possibility that it's something "more exotic." While the Higgs particle would still leave us well short of a complete picture of the universe (see: gravity), it would fill a major hole in the Standard Model of particle physics by providing strong evidence for what's called electroweak symmetry — a symmetry between the weak force and the electromagnetic force. In order for the theory to work, force-carrying particles can't have any mass; a fact that's always been at odds with experimental results. The Higgs mechanism explains how particles come to acquire mass, and the Higgs Boson's discovery would confirm that the mechanism is at work.

Despite the massive excitement surrounding the results, the scientists involved are careful to label them preliminary. The data underlying the findings were collected over a period of two years, and the most recent numbers are still being analyzed. "The outstanding performance of the LHC and ATLAS and the huge efforts of many people have brought us to this exciting stage," said ATLAS spokesperson Fabiola Gianotti, "but a little more time is needed to prepare these results for publication."

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Re: What is the Higgs Boson?

Postby Charles » Tue Jul 10, 2012 2:52 am

Trying to make sense of it?

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