Scientists Confirm Higgs Boson Discovery

Posted March 15th, 2013 at 6:25 pm (UTC+0)

The Large Hadron Collider/ATLAS at CERN (Photo: CERN)

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN (CERN)

Scientists working with the world’s largest atom smasher say the mystery particle they found last summer was a Higgs boson, which is believed to give mass to everything in the universe.

However, while the physicists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) confirm the particle is a Higgs boson, it doesn’t appear to have all of the properties the theoretical Higgs boson is said to have.

“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 though we still have a long way to go to know what kind of Higgs boson it is,” said Joe Incandela, a spokesperson for CMS, one of the two independent teams behind last year’s discovery.

Physicist Peter Higgs arrives at a seminar, July 4, 2012 at CERN where it was announced that a new subatomic particle, said be consistent with the long-sought Higgs boson, had been discovered. (Photo: AP Photo/Denis Balibouse, Pool)

Peter Higgs at CERN for the July 4, 2012 announcement that a new particle, consistent with  the Higgs boson, which was named for the physicist, had been discovered. (AP)

The teams wound up analyzing two-and-a-half times more data than was available when they announced the particle’s discovery last year.

This week in Italy, both teams reported the new particle is looking more and more like a Higgs boson.

But the scientists still don’t know if the Higgs boson they found was the one predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics, or if it could possibly be the lightest of several bosons which have been predicted in theories that go beyond the Standard Model.

In order to answer that question, the teams say they’ll need more data from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, as well as more time to study and analyze the existing data.

Another view of a segment of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. (Photo: AP/CERN)

Another view of a segment of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. (AP/CERN)

“The beautiful new results represent a huge effort by many dedicated people,” said Dave Charlton, a spokesperson for ATLAS, one of the research teams. “They point to the new particle having the spin-parity of a Higgs boson as in the Standard Model. We are now well started on the measurement program in the Higgs sector.”

The two research teams still need to determine the particle’s  quantum properties as well as how it interacts with other particles.

The data the teams have been working with is generated by CERN’s collider, located along the border of France and Switzerland.   The LHC first went online on September 10, 2008.

Rick Pantaleo
Rick Pantaleo maintains the Science World blog and writes stories for VOA’s web and radio on a variety of science, technology and health topics. He also occasionally appears on various VOA programs to talk about the latest scientific news. Rick joined VOA in 1992 after a 20 year career in commercial broadcasting.

13 Responses to “Scientists Confirm Higgs Boson Discovery”

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  2. david says:

    where was the higgs boson discovered?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? plz reply

  3. Steve says:

    I wish we would have finished the Super Conductor Super Collider here in Texas. I think they turned the large circular tunnel in the ground into a wine cellar or cheese warehouse. Was it expensive? Yes but think of the jobs and prestige we could have had if we had finished what we started.

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  5. nakshaat says:

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  6. jesse cuellar says:

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    if i run across the room, the dust is pick up behind me , and so is the wife!
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    ho my where my wife ! the house will be the same if she know it not me making a miss,
    but space as we fly though her !

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  8. Particle Zoo says:

    But is it the Higgs? It sounds like they found a new particle but are they sure its the particle that gives mass to matter? I hope so..i also hope they havent jumped the gun in excitement.

    P. Zoo

  9. Rie K. Maegawa says:

    Dear Sirs
    I’m glad to hear the news about the discovery of an elementary particle which should correspond with Higgs boson in the standard model or other theories, though it must be still long way to decide the theory of the model in which the boson exists.

    I hope that journalism will cautiously publish such scientific news like this finding, since such news, which general people who are not specialists in physics can understand, must have a strong influence on their value to science.
    Specialists know that a huge pile of papers on elementary particle physics has been written every day and almost all of them will have disappeared day by day.

    Because Japanese physicists had contributed to the establish of the standard model, I hope that the answer for the open question` what kind of Higgs boson is it ?’ will be announced on the wabsite of VOA in the future.

    I sincerely hope the next step will be succeed.

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