Physicists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, say they have found the elusive Higgs boson particle. Also referred to as the “God particle” the supatomic particle is believed to give electrons and all matter in the universe their size and shape.
The discovery of the most sought after particle in modern physics could be a contender for the Nobel Prize. Predicted by a team of physicists and named for British theoretical physicist Peter Higgs in 1964, the subatomic particle should answer the critical question of where the mass of all matter comes from.
Last year two separate teams, including several thousand scientists working with the Large Hadron Collider, the largest and highest energy particle accelerator capable of studying many aspects of proton collisions, announced they found a particle consistent with the Higgs boson but could not confirm it was the one. Now that all the 2012 data has been reviewed CERN scientists say it "strongly indicates that it is a Higgs boson."
"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 physicist Joe Incandela who heads one of the two main teams at CERN.
Whether or not the particle could be distinguished as the Higgs boson depends upon how it interacts with other particles, the Geneva-based CERN said in a statement.
Unlike weight, which would change depending upon gravity, the mass of an object never changes. The theory of the God particle postulates that objects gain their size and shape when particles interact in an energy field with the Higgs boson. The more particles they attract the bigger the mass will be.
The $10 billion Large Hadron Collider sits on the Swiss-French border and was built to help scientists discover how the universe came to be.
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