Still Waiting for the God Particle

Scientists working on two teams at CERN claim to be homing in on the Higgs boson, also called the ‘God particle’ using experiments at the Large Hadron Collider.

CERN_God_ParticleIt was a big day for a very small particle that, when all was said and done, remained invisible, indeed still theoretical. But even if scientists couldn’t claim Tuesday that they had “discovered” the fabled Higgs boson, they were exultant, convinced that their experiments at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva are zeroing in on a particle believed to be essential to the fabric of the universe.

“We know the goal is close,” said Fabiola Gianotti, a physicist representing one of two competing CERN teams searching for the elusive particle. “This is the nicest feeling.”

Rolf-Dieter Heuer, director general of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), home of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), said another year’s worth of data needs to be compiled before anyone can reach “a definitive answer on the Shakespearean question on the Higgs: To be or not to be?”

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Source: Brian Vastag and Joe Achenbach | The Washington Post
Image: European Organization for Nuclear Research