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Large Hadron Collider announces discovery of Higgs Boson ‘god particle’
First postulated by British Physician, Peter Higgs, 83, over half a century ago, the Higgs Boson particle or ‘God Particle’ has finally been discovered by scientists working on the controversial Large Hadron Collider. This particle could be the crucial key to explaining why everything in the universe- from atoms to stars – has mass.
Researchers from the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern) said that two of its experiments involving the Large Hadron Collider machine had independently confirmed the existence of the new sub-atomic particle with a mass of about 125.5 GeV, which is about 133 times heavier than the proton at the centre of every atom.
However, the data collected falls just short of absolutely confirming that the new particle in is in fact the Higgs Boson particle, scientists had little doubt that what they had found was a sub-atomic particle matching the description as predicted by the Standard Model theory of physics almost perfectly.
“As a layman, I would say that I think we have it. Do you agree?” said Rolf Dieter Heuer
“We have a discovery. We have observed a new particle consistent with a Higgs Boson…but which one, it remains open,” Dr Heuer said. Further work would be necessary to elucidate the precise characteristics of the new sub-atomic particle, he said.
The discovery of the long sought after particle would be a milestone in the field of science, in explaining why some particles have mass and others – such as photons of light – do not. Theoretical physicists believe that Higgs Boson particles permeate the universe creating a forcefield that means that certain particles of matter to have mass.
Professor Peter Higgs of the University of Edinburgh has welcomed results from Cern today that give the strongest evidence yet of the existence of the Higgs boson, a theoretical physical particle that was first postulated by the professor himself in the 1960s:
“Scientists at Cern are to be congratulated on today’s results, which are a great achievement for the Large Hadron Collider and other experiments leading up to this.
“I am astounded at the amazing speed with which these results have emerged. They are a testament to the expertise of the researchers and the elaborate technologies in place.
“I never expected this to happen in my lifetime and shall be asking my family to put some champagne in the fridge.”
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