Higgs boson found: Scientists with CERN have said that the particle they found in 2012 is the Higgs boson.
Physicists with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) said the particle that was discovered last year is likely the Higgs boson, they said in a press release on Thursday.
“Having analysed two and a half times more data than was available for the discovery announcement in July, they find that the new particle is looking more and more like a Higgs boson, the particle linked to the mechanism that gives mass to elementary particles,” CERN said.
However, the researchers warned on whether it is “possibly the lightest of several bosons.” It is also not clear if the particle is the Higgs boson of the Standard Model of particle physics.
“The preliminary results with the full 2012 data set are magnificent and to me it is clear that we are dealing with a Higgs boson though we still have a long way to go to know what kind of Higgs boson it is,” said Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) spokesperson Joe Incandela in the release.
The researchers gathered their findings from massive quantities of data collected over the past thee years, using the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.
“The beautiful new results represent a huge effort by many dedicated people. They point to the new particle having the spin-parity of a Higgs boson as in the Standard Model. We are now well started on the measurement programme in the Higgs sector,” A Toroidal LHC Apparatus (ATLAS) spokesperson Dave Charlton said.
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