God particle update: Higgs boson search for existence narrowed, LHC scientists at CERN reveal

By on Dec 13, 2011 in Environment, Europe, Science Comments

The latest update on the Higgs boson, also known as God particle, was revealed on Tuesday, December 13, 2011, in which Large Hadron Collider (LHC) scientists announced that day.

Illustration of a real CMS proton-proton collision
events as presented during the December 13, 2011
seminar for the Higgs boson search update

Image Credit: Thomas McCauley and Lucas Taylor/

According to a press release by CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research near Geneva, the search for the existence or non-existence of the God particle has been narrowed.

As reported earlier, a seminar will be held that day wherein LHC scientists will reveal the latest results of their Higgs boson search, which was based on the analysis of their recent experiments at CERN in Switzerland.

The Higgs boson, which was named after British physicist Peter Higgs, who theorized its existence in 1964, apparently explains why atoms have weight and is being associated with the force field that gives other particles their mass, a specific concept in physics.

Apparently, the God particle update revealed a hint from the two LHC detectors, ATLAS and CMS, which worked separately, but was said to be not strong enough to prove a Higgs boson discovery.

“We have restricted the most likely mass region for the Higgs boson to 116-130 GeV, and over the last few weeks we have started to see an intriguing excess of events in the mass range around 125 GeV,” ATLAS experiment spokesperson Fabiola Gianotti was quoted on the report.

“This excess may be due to a fluctuation, but it could also be something more interesting. We cannot conclude anything at this stage. We need more study and more data.” Gianotti added, noting that he is looking forward to solve the mystery behind the God particle theory in 2012.

Likewise, CMS experiment spokesperson Guido Tonelli noted that refined analyses and additional data delivered next year by the $20 billion LHC machine will definitely give an answer.

“We cannot exclude the presence of the Standard Model Higgs between 115 and 127 GeV because of a modest excess of events in this mass region that appears, quite consistently, in five independent channels,” Tonelli said on the press conference.

“The excess is most compatible with a Standard Model Higgs in the vicinity of 124 GeV and below but the statistical significance is not large enough to say anything conclusive.” He added.

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