Scientists working with the Large Hadron Collider at Cern are expected to announce to the world that they have finally found the “God particle”, or Higgs boson ( it was predicted by theory in the early 1960s).
They have captured the ‘elusive’ particle that gives matter mass and holds the universe together. As the announcement was made, the scientists present broke into applause.
“This is the sort of thing that makes me cry”, said Higgs physicist.
Professor Higgs, currently at the University of Edinburgh, welcomed the Cern results, telling: “I never expected this to happen in my lifetime and shall be asking my family to put some champagne in the fridge.”
The Higgs Boson particle has a mass that’s around 130 times that of a proton, in the 125-6 GeV mass range.
“We observe in our data clear signs of a new particle, at the level of 5 sigma, in the mass region around 126 GeV,” said Fabiola Gianotti. The accuracy from the CMS experiment was 4.9 sigma.
The Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 was awarded jointly to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs “for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider”.