By Arun Luykx | July 4, 2012 - 17:00 GMT
After months of breakdowns and maintenance hold ups, a major step towards proving the existence of the famed Higgs boson was announced today (4 July) by CERN. The Higgs boson has so far been a theoretical concept used to explain the makeup of other elementary particles - such as electrons. The results presented today show preliminary steps towards proving the existence of the particle.
There is no one direct experiment possible today to prove its existence, rather the existence is proven by analyzing the outcomes of various tests. Director General Rolf Heuer explains: “We have reached a milestone in our understanding of nature. The discovery of a particle consistent with the Higgs boson opens the way to more detailed studies, requiring larger statistics, which will pin down the new particle’s properties, and is likely to shed light on other mysteries of our universe.”
It's far too early to claim that the Higgs Boson has been found. A better explanation in the cautious words of the experiment's spokesperson Joe Incandela: "We know it must be a boson and it’s the heaviest boson ever found."
(Photo © CERN)
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