December 8, 2011
Possible Higgs Boson Sighting To Be Revealed Next Week
Scientists will be revealing the outcome next week from their latest results of looking for the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
One of the main scientific goals at the particle-accelerating machine at CERN is to prove the existence of the Higgs boson particle, or also known as the "God particle."This theoretical particle is believed to give everything in the universe mass, and scientists have been ramping up research at CERN in hopes of finding it.
Professor John Ellis, a former head of theoretical physics at CERN told BBC that there was a growing sense of excitement among scientists working on the project and that "there seem to be some hints emerging."
"I think we are going to get the first glimpse. The LHC experiments have already looked high and low for this missing piece," he said.
Next Tuesday, two separate teams will reveal the outcome of their latest data from LHC collisions. BBC reported that this year alone, they have searched the remains of about 350 trillion collisions, with only ten or so producing candidates for a sign of the Higgs.
Each team is working independently, using two separate detectors to help provide an independent cross-check for each other.
All the scientists working on the project are sworn to secrecy, but various physics blogs are hinting at talk of a possible sighting of the Higgs.
The teams will not claim next week's result as an official "discovery" because they will need more data to back-up their research.
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