We know, we’ve been hearing rumors about interesting “data bumps” for months now, but this is big news — over the weekend the world’s two greatest particle smashers announced tantalizing hints that the Higgs boson may soon be within reach.
America’s grand particle smasher may not go out with a bang after all. A bump in data at the Tevatron, reported earlier this spring, turns out to be a false alarm — not a new particle or a new force of nature.
The Large Hadron Collider is now officially the world's most powerful particle accelerator
By Jennie WaltersPosted 04.22.2011 at 1:59 pm 8 Comments
The LHC smashed a record-breaking number of particles at midnight Geneva time last night, setting a new standard for beam intensity. CERN replaced Fermilab’s former record of 4.024 × 1032cm-2s-1 with a smug 4.67 × 1032cm-2s-1. That’s a lot of zeros, ranging somewhere in the billions of billions. Of billions.
One of the most promising materials in science could answer some questions about one of the most elusive particles in the universe, according to a new paper. A trio of Spanish physicists believes that graphene, that simple, special Nobel-winning stuff, could provide some key insights into the behavior of the Higgs boson.
Tough budgetary times spare no one, not even the last best hope of American researchers discovering the “god particle” on their home soil. Rumblings and rumors surfaced early yesterday that Fermilab’s Tevatron would not receive an extension to continue operations until 2014, and by later in the afternoon it was confirmed by the DOE’s science office: Tevatron will cease operations before the end of this year.
Physicists working at the Large Hadron Collider report that after a series of tests, they have not seen any mini black holes, to the chagrin of string theorists and the relief of disaster theorists.
Researchers working on the Compact Muon Solenoid team have been crunching numbers to test a form of string theory that calls for the creation and instant evaporation of miniature black holes. They report that the telltale signs of these black holes are disappointingly absent, however.
Like all good marathons, the race to find the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider began with much fanfare but has now left spectators with little to do but wait until someone nears the finish line (at which point things will become very exciting again). But there’s reason to think LHC researchers at may have the finish line in sight: Scientists and administrators there are seriously considering extending the LHC’s current research run by an extra year through the end of 2012.
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory responds via Twitter to rumors that circulated earlier this week claiming its Tevatron accelerator may have discovered the elusive Higgs boson: "Let's settle this: the rumors spread by one fame-seeking blogger are just rumors. That's it."
And the search for the God particle continues.
An interesting blog post from University of Padua physicist Tommaso Dorigo is churning up the rumor mill this morning, and it's so tantalizing we can't help but engage in a little rumormongering ourselves. So without any evidence or proof, we're just going to dive right into the meat of the matter: there's talk that researchers at the Tevatron Accelerator have discovered the Higgs Boson, beating the Large Hadron Collider to the punch and possibly confirming the standard model of particle physics.