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Higgs May Be Detected As Early As Christmas
2011-09-02 12:30:05

  Researchers at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) said that the hunt for the Higgs particle is well ahead of schedule, according to BBC News. They said earlier this year they would either discover the Higgs or confirm is does not exist by the end of 2012. The Higgs Boson is the particle that in the physics "Standard Model" allows other particles to have mass. The discovery or elimination of the particle is one of the LHC's major objectives, and it may come as early as...

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2011-07-23 05:40:00

Scientists working at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) may have gotten their first look at the so-called "God particle" -- the fabled massive elementary particle known as the Higgs boson -- according to BBC News reports published Friday. According to BBC Science Correspondent Ian Sample, officials at the Geneva-based particle physics laboratory announced the possible discovery during the 2011 Europhysics Conference on High-Energy Physics...

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2011-05-06 11:22:33

Researchers use the NSF-supported Ranger supercomputer to explore alternative particle theories As the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) ramps up the rate and impact of its collisions, physicists hope to witness the emergence of the Higgs boson, an anticipated, but as-yet-unseen, fundamental particle that scientists believe gives mass to matter. The Higgs boson is a central component of the "standard model," a theory that defines the relationships between the forces of the universe. But, what if...

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2011-02-28 13:05:00

Researchers working at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) said they expect to discover the elusive Higgs boson particle by the end of 2012. If the LHC does not show any evidence of the mysterious particle during this run, physicists said that they may have to significantly alter their views of physical laws. The Higgs boson particle explains why other particles have mass, but it has not yet been observed by physicists. The LHC is housed in a 16-mile long tunnel under the French-Swiss border....

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2011-01-11 05:55:00

The search for the elusive Higgs boson particle appears on track to become a one-horse race this year, after the United States' Tevatron accelerator was denied an extension to remain operating through 2014. The Tevatron particle smasher will now conclude its operations this year, after which Europe's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will have a clear shot at searching for the particle, a vital part of current theories of physics, BBC News reported. The Tevatron facility is operated by the Fermi...

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2010-07-23 06:29:26

The Tevatron accelerator "atom smasher" may get three extra years of usage in order to continue its hunt for the elusive God particle. Physicists at the Tevatron -- based in Batavia, Illinois and operated by the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) -- are hoping to keep the accelerator operational until 2014, as they think the Higgs boson is within their grasp. The Higgs boson is a sub-atomic particle considered crucial to the current theory of particle physics. The Tevatron is...

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2010-05-18 06:30:00

If commissioning work goes well, the Large Hadron Collider could soon start a search for new sub-atomic particles, as early as the end of this summer, a leading physicist told BBC News. Among the first candidates for discovery are two boson particles that have been predicted to exist. The $10 billion machine has seen a half billion proton collisions since beams crossed for the first time in November 2009. The LHC is designed to search for the elusive Higgs boson and study new physics...

2009-12-07 19:02:35

Fermilab team of physicists analyze two-lepton data New high-energy particle research by a team working with data from Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory further heightens the uncertainty about the exact nature of a key theoretical component of modern physics "” the massive fundamental particle called the Higgs boson. Analysis of data from particle collisions resulting in two leptons helps improve measurements of the mass of another heavy subatomic particle called the top quark, says...

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2009-08-10 11:45:00

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the US, have performed sophisticated laser measurements to detect the subtle effects of one of nature's most elusive forces - the "weak interaction". Their work, which reveals the largest effect of the weak interaction ever observed in an atom, is reported in Physical Review Letters and highlighted in the August 10th issue of APS's on-line journal Physics (physics.aps.org).Along with gravity,...

2009-05-02 09:27:07

University of Nevada, Reno team findings to be published in Physical Review Letters article In a forthcoming Physical Review Letters article, a group of physicists at the University of Nevada, Reno are reporting a refined analysis of experiments on violation of mirror symmetry in atoms that sets new constraints on a hypothesized particle, the extra Z-boson. Andrei Derevianko, an associate professor in the College of Science's Department of Physics, who has conducted groundbreaking research to...