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Did they find God (particle) in CERN?

Today a seminar was held in CERN about the Higgs search status. There were rumors they finally found the particle that would complete the standard model of partical physics.

  Author: mat | Source: cern.ch | 13th December 2011  

For scientists and science buffs from all around the World time has stopped. We were all waiting what the CERN scientists have to say at the Higgs search status seminar held in CERN. There were rumors they actually found the all-mighty-yet-so-small-slippery-and-shy particle called Higgs boson.

Higgs search status seminar in CERN

Never heard of a "God particle" called Higgs boson? Let me break it up for you in a few words.

According to the Standard Mode of particle physics, scientists assume that an elementary particle exists, which could, among other exciting stuff,  help them explain, why things have mass. Tests are being done with a help of Large Hadron Collider (LHC) - the world's largest particle accelerator. It's basically a huge underground hi-tech device, and by huge I mean HUGE - a circular shaped tunnel, with a circumference of 17 miles (27 km). They use it to accelerate particles to the near speed of light, traveling in opposite directions and then collide them and observe the awesome things that happen at such massive collisions.

Inside the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)

The rumors however were proven wrong, for they did not find prove of Higgs existence. They say if the Higgs bosons exist, they are very short lived and can decay in many different ways, so the researchers rely on observing the particles they decay into rather then seeking for Higgs itself.

Particle crash in LHC

Experiments will continue, as they are getting closer to one of the greatest findings in modern science, hints of the "God particle" did show up and hopefully we will get even more exciting news at the particle physics conferences held in March 2012.


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