The mass of the Higgs boson particle, possibly uncovered at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, may mean doom for our universe. Here, proton-proton collisions at the LHC showing events consistent with the Higgs. CREDIT: CERN/CMS/Taylor, L; McCauley, T

 

Newfound Particle Still Looks Like a Higgs Boson

Clara Moskowitz, LiveScience Senior Writer
Date: 08 March 2013 Time: 07:07 AM ET

If it looks like a Higgs, acts like a Higgs, and decays like a Higgs, it’s probably a Higgs.

That’s essentially the news from the physicists at Switzerland’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) who found a new particle last summer. So far, all evidence points to the conclusion that the particle is the long-sought Higgs boson, which would explain how other particles get their mass.

Still, the case isn’t closed on the new particle just yet. For now, all scientists can say is that the particle, which was found by two experiments at the LHC called ATLAS and CMS, is consistent with predictions for the Higgs.

“Both the CMS and ATLAS experiments presented their latest updates, and no matter the angle studied, the new boson is still perfectly compatible with being a Higgs boson,” LHC physicist Pauline Gagnon wrote on the blog Quantum Diaries.

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