Scientists at CERN are claiming that they have found the Higgs boson, the so-called ‘God particle’. The existence of the Higgs boson was first fleshed out in 1962, by Professor Peter Higgs, but hasn’t been yet confirmed. The possible finding of the particle casts light on our Universe, space and time.
The announcement was made by one of the two teams of researchers working at the Large Hadron Collide r in Switzerland. However, CERN scientists don’t hasten to confirm that the found particle is exactly the boson. Russian scientist from the Institute for Nuclear Research Oleg Fedin shares this stance.
“CERN is now very cautious in its statements. They have really discovered a new particle. Its parameters are consistent with the Higgs boson but we need more data and tests to be sure.”
The race to discover the Higgs particle brought other important discoveries, says Oleg Fedin.
“Scientists are looking not for the boson only. Discovering spectrum symmetry or multidimensionality of space is also important. The public has no doubt that the boson exists but what are its properties? If the discovered particle is not the Higgs boson we have no idea where to look for sypersymmetry.”
“Any discovery is bound to cause a lot of fuss,” continues the scientist.
The construction of the collider took some 25 years and the current finding is its first result. The Higgs boson is an integral part of our understanding of nature. But it doesn’t mean that it’s a universal explanation. It is rather a theory of electroweak interaction.
The Higgs boson is the last undiscovered particle predicted to exist by the Standard Model of matter, a set of equations that describe how all the known particles behave.