The God particle--Higgs boson-- with a mass of 124 to 126 gigaelectronvolts.-- equivalent to about 130 times the mass of a proton.-analysed the results of more than 300 trillion high-speed particle collisions to arrive at similar possible signs of the particle. -

The God particle--Higgs boson-- with a mass of 124 to 126 gigaelectronvolts.-- equivalent to about 130 times the mass of a proton.-analysed the results of more than 300 trillion high-speed particle collisions to arrive at similar possible signs of the particle.

FOR now it is just a tantalising maybe. But at a conference in Australia next year scientists expect to be able to announce for sure whether an elusive subatomic particle called the Higgs boson exists.
Its discovery would represent one of the most important scientific advances of the past century. Dubbed the God particle by some, the Higgs boson is the last missing particle predicted to exist by the standard theory of matter.
Yesterday, after a hunt of almost 50 years, researchers at the world's largest atom-smasher near Geneva announced they may have caught their first glimpse of it.
Two teams using different detectors in the Large Hadron Collider analysed the results of more than 300 trillion high-speed particle collisions to arrive at similar possible signs of the particle.
Geoffrey Taylor, of the University of Melbourne, said that while the results were not conclusive, they represented a ''major step forward'' in the search. He said that by next July, when the International Conference on High Energy Physics is held in Melbourne, researchers will have more than twice the data they have now - enough to make a definitive statement about the Higgs boson's existence.
''It means our conference will be the place where the results get released for the first time. It's a big coup,'' Professor Taylor, director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale, said.
Either way, confirming the existence or non-existence of the particle would be incredibly important for the understanding of the fundamental nature of the matter that makes up the universe, including people, he said.
The boson is thought to give all other particles, like quarks and electrons, their mass. Australian researchers helped design one of the detectors, called ATLAS, and have worked on the analysis.
Beams of protons are accelerated in the collider to almost the speed of light in a 27-kilometre-long loop and then smashed into each other, fleetingly creating new particles. Rather than detect a Higgs boson itself, researchers look for excesses of the lighter particles that it decays into.
Both ATLAS and the other detector, CMS, saw hints of a Higgs boson with a mass of 124 to 126 gigaelectronvolts. This is equivalent to about 130 times the mass of a proton. It matches the best current guess of what the boson should be like, making the results less likely to be just flukes, researchers said.
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