WASHINGTON — Physicists in Italy said Wednesday they are achingly close to concluding that what they found last year was the Higgs boson, the elusive “God particle.” They need to eliminate one last remote possibility that it’s something else.
The long theorized subatomic particle would explain why matter has mass and has been called a missing cornerstone of physics.
With new analyses, scientists are closer to being certain they found the crucial Higgs boson. But they want to be 99.9% positive, said Pauline Gagnon, a physicist with the European Center for Nuclear Research.
On June 15, international scientists pulled off a major scientific feat: they detected gravitational waves — "ripples" in the fabric of space-time caused by violent and energetic processes in the universe — for the second time. This came close on the heels of their first announcement in February 2016, which opened a new window to the study of the cosmos. The study proved that Albert Einstein was spot on when a century ago he predicted the existence of gravitational waves in his general theory of relativity.
Four years ago, three scientists and friends were working on one of the world's greatest mysteries: the search for the God particle. They didn't know they would soon leave physics and become cofounders of a hot young startup, Cloudant.
Early Tuesday morning, the Royal Swedish Academy of Science awarded this year's Nobel Prize in Physics to two theoretical physicists — Peter Higgs and François Englert — who each independently predicted the existence of the Higgs boson in 1964.
If you're talking to a physicist about the Higgs boson, whatever you do, do not call it by its media-hyped nickname the "God Particle." You're almost guaranteed to illicit a wince, a grimace, or in the very least a flash of mild annoyance.
GENEVA — Physicists said Thursday they are now confident they have discovered a crucial subatomic particle known as a Higgs boson – a major discovery that will go a long ways toward helping them explain why the universe is the way it is.
Video Scientists at CERN in Switzerland have confirmed the existence of the elusive Higgs boson—or something very much like it. "The ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN today presented their latest results in the search for the long-sought Higgs boson. Both experiments see strong indications for the presence of a new particle, which could be the Higgs boson, [...]
At the start of a big week for the Higgs boson, the most sought-after particle in all of physics, scientists in Illinois said Monday that they had crept closer to proving that the particle exists but had been unable to reach a definitive conclusion.