2012 Jul 4

written by Sherri Joubert

higgs boson mass particle found July 4 2012

What it looks like when protons slam into each other head-on traveling at nearly the speed of light

I know I said I’d be continuing with the LGBT theme in my upcoming posts, and I will get back to it very soon. I have a lot to say on that subject.

But we interrupt our regularly scheduled programming for this breaking news: a scientific discovery of massive ;) importance has been found in the terabytes of data generated by experiments done at the LHC (Large Hadron Collider), the most badass sub-atomic particle smasher on the planet to date. Theoretical quantum physiscists are cautiously saying:

Prepare the fireworks: The discovery of the Higgs boson is finally here. Early in the morning on July 4, physicists with the Large Hadron Collider at CERN announced they have found a new particle that behaves similarly to what is expected from the Higgs.

“As a layman, I would now say, I think we have it,” said CERN director-general Rolf-Dieter Heuer. “It’s a historic milestone today. I think we can all be proud, all be happy.” Both CMS and ATLAS, the two main LHC Higgs-hunting experiments, are reporting a boson that has Higgs-like properties at a mass of 125 gigaelectronvolts (GeV) with a 5-sigma significance, meaning they are 99.999 percent confident of its existence. –writes Adam Mann of Wired dot com

The 5-sigma statistically signficant probability (99.999% certainty) may not mean much to you, but to scientists, it means pop the champagne and get ready for the geek party!

“I never expected this to happen in my lifetime and shall be asking my family to put some champagne in the fridge,” physicist Peter Higgs, the particle’s namesake who first theorized the existence of the particle, said in a statement.

Source: wired.com

What is a Higgs Boson and what is the Higgs Field? [4 min.]

We found out today that the Higgs Boson exists.

Why is the Higgs Boson so important?

  • It’s the sub-atomic quantum particle that gives everything mass, and the Higgs Bosons make up the Higgs field.
  • We’ve been looking for it since 1964 when it was first predicted by physicist Dr. Peter Higgs
  • It opens a new chapter, a new beginning, in understanding our universe.
  • Laymen erroneously call it The God Particle. It’s not the God particle, it’s a heavy particle that required a lot better super-collider to find it than we’ve had until the LHC was finally built and began operating.

I’ll explain The Standard Model of Particle Physics next, so stay tuned.

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3 Responses to “Higgs Boson Found, 99.999% sure, Pop the Champagne!”

  1. Standard Model of Particle Physics Explained in Simple, Big-Picture Form » Being the Change I Wish to See Says:

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  2. ChangeYourLife.net Says:

    It might not mean much to many people, but the ‘discovery’ of the Higgs boson confirms that the standard model is likely to be correct, and this is of immense importance.
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  3. Sherri Joubert Says:

    Mark,

    Thanks for commenting, and I’m so glad you recognize the significance of this discovery. So few people do, and fewer are studying physical sciences to boot. There isn’t only an economic chasm in our culture, there is also a knowledge divide that is becoming unacceptably large.

    Sherri

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