There's no official announcement yet--that comes next week--but word on the street and around the cafeteria at CERN says that scientists may announce that they've glimpsed the elusive Higgs boson at a meeting scheduled for Tuesday.
As we all know, the Large Hadron Collider has been grievously behind the times technologically. Sure, its giant array of superconducting magnets, kept cool by almost a hundred tons of liquid helium is pretty neat, and the muon spectrometer is no slouch. But the LHC hasn't put it all in a convenient smartphone app -- until now.
With LHSee, released today by CERN's app specialists, you can investigate the fundamental nature of the universe -- the nature of spacetime, the origin of matter -- while you wait for the bus.
Tomorrow Fermilab researchers will power down their Tevatron particle collider for the final time, marking the end of an era. But for some, that era is so over anyhow. Hadrons, like last season's handbag, have had their time in the spotlight. The next hot trend in physics is muons, and all the cool kids know it.
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.
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.
The Large Hadron Collider took several years to construct, and it was expected that it would take several more to begin yielding game-changing scientific data. But, to the delight of CERN researchers, that hasn't been the case.
Smashing protons at high energies is fun and all, but researchers at the Large Hadron Collider are taking a vacation from their day-to-day proton smashing, and taking a trip back to the very origins of the universe. Starting this month and continuing for four weeks, the LHC will accelerate and then collide lead ions – that is, entire atomic nuclei – to create a series of miniature Big Bangs that will let researchers take a look at the quark-gluon plasma that existed just a fraction of a second after the universe was born.
Particle accelerators, which are not renowned for their real-world applications, could in fact be used to produce energy, according to a 34-year-old research paper that resurfaced this week.
It's not exactly intuitive -- accelerators require plenty of power to work -- but one of the founders of Fermilab wrote in 1976 that they could produce more energy than they use, because they're extremely good at fissioning atoms.
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.
If a theoretical force-carrying, subatomic particle were to materialize in the universe and no one were around to hear it, would it make a sound? Existential aspects aside, physicists at the Large Hadron Collider believe that the elusive Higgs boson, should it prove to be real, will most definitely make a sound, and they plan to be around to hear it. In fact, that's one of the ways they plan to detect the so-called "god particle," and they've simulated the sounds a Higgs boson might make so they can listen for its arrival.