December 12, 2011
Higgs Boson Sighting Announcement A Day Away
Scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) are expected to present preliminary evidence of finding the elusive Higgs boson particle.
The Higgs, or "God particle", has never been observed by experiments before and is a fundamental particle.
It is one of the basic building blocks of the Universe and is also the last missing piece in the leading theory of particle physics. The Higgs explains why other particles have mass.
Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will soon present a progress report in Geneva regarding their hunt for the particle.
Finding the Higgs was a key goal for the $10 billion particle smasher. The collider hosts two experiments that are searching for the particle independently.
Researchers at CERN, which is the Geneva-based organization that operates the collider, are hinting that they have found the God particle.
"It is a fantastic time at the moment, you can feel people are enthusiastic," Dr Christoph Rembser, a senior scientist on the Atlas experiment, told BBC News. "It is really very lively."
Professor Brian Cox, a physicist working at CERN who is also famous for his television series "Wonders of the Universe" on Science Channel, told RedOrbit in July that it he believed the particle was just within six months of being discovered.
"It looks now like this thing may be there, and it´s pointing back to a spot at something that happened back in the first billionth of the second after the Universe began," he said during the interview with Lee Rannals of RedOrbit.
On 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 tomorrow´s result as an official “discovery” because they will need more data to back-up their research.
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