Monday, April 25, 2011

CERN's LHC Finds the Higgs Boson?!

According to The Daily Galaxy blog -
  • (there is a rumor that) the world's largest atom smasher may have detected a long-sought subatomic particle called the Higgs boson
  • The controversial rumor is based on what appears to be a leaked internal note from physicists at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (that note can be read on the Daily Galaxy page)
Researchers reported in January that they have seen hints of what may be the hot, dense state of matter thought to have filled the universe in its first nanoseconds of existence. An in depth discussion on the Higgs Boson event would send most of us screaming after only a few seconds, but suffice it to say:
  • The Higgs boson is the only Standard Model particle that has not been observed in particle physics experiments.
But as the Wiki article points out:
  • If the Higgs boson exists, it is an integral and pervasive component of the material world
Of course the ultimate point here is, how close to the first event in the Universe, the big Bang can the LHC get. Well according to CERN spokesman James Gillies, who stated back in 2010:
  • "We're within a billionth of a second of the Big Bang,"
The main stumbling block now is the fact that the LHC is still running on only partial power owing to damage that occurred during the first full power test when several banks of magnets were irreparably damaged due in part to sub par welding. The LHC can only achieve 14 TeV restricting the collider to .001% under the speed of light. It is hoped that LHC will be able to attain full power some time in 2012.

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