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.
But though Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory -- home to Tevatron -- hasn't said anything about the findings or the rumors, there is some reason to believe that perhaps the elusive Higgs has indeed shown itself. Fermi has said it is making progress toward the Higgs, giving itself a 50-50 chance of finding it this year and claiming it should have enough data to make a definitive statement on the Higgs' existence by early 2011 regardless.
As for Dorigo, he claims on his blog that "it reached my ear, from two different, possibly independent sources, that an experiment at the Tevatron is about to release some evidence of a light Higgs boson signal. Some say a three-sigma effect, others do not make explicit claims but talk of a unexpected result."
Nebulous, we know, but when it comes to the smallest of the small in particle physics there's not a whole lot that's concrete anyhow. So why the silence from Fermi? First of all, as a respected scientific institution there's little incentive for it to jump the gun and fuel the rumor cycle before it's got the hard data written up and ready to publish. But New Scientists speculates the lab might be waiting to present at the International Conference on High Energy Physics in Paris in a few weeks.
Stay tuned, as we'll be following this one closely.
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oh this would be great if it proves true. By using our older, but still amazing, particle accelorator we managed to find the higgs boson! hopefully it proves true and we can add that to our list of "firsts". Of course now the LHC can confirm and move on to other research but if i remember right a big reason for the LHC was to find the higgs....
My theory - as long as we keep smashing smaller particles we'll keep theorizing that there are particles even smaller than that.
now that Fermi has found the boson, can we rename it? it was named after Higgs who worked to build the LHC, but they have lost the race. Fermi Boson sound cooler anyway. any suggestions?
If the FNAL does end up confirming the Higgs Boson before the LHC, all of us Americans should thank that bread-dropping bird for slowing things down across the pond!
On a more serious note, I'd actually feel a little bad for all of the scientists that have poured their hearts and souls into getting the LHC up and running to find the Higgs Boson. . .
Oh matter doesn't stop there. Matter is composed of infinitely small components so the chase itself is infinite. There is no end small or large to the universe.
Still, the more we understand about the functions of these smaller and smaller particles the more we understand about the universe! You never know! There could be some fantastic technologies developed in this century or the next based on our discoveries now. I mean look at what we've accomplished as a species with what, I'm sure we could all agree, is a relatively small amount of knowledge! So I'm excited ^.^
Go science... where ever it happens to take place.
<-American and must agree with mutter. Sports is for national pride. Science is for humanity. Coaches don't share their playbooks with other teams, but scientists do. Can't really take national pride in a cumulative effort. It's like making mods to linux gnu code and claiming you wrote an OS. It's hard not to take national pride in these moments, I know. So no hard feelings. But I do agree with mutter completely.
well hopefully this proves true, and particle physics can move on to other things
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The discovery of gravity’s exact mechanism along with that of dark matter has already taken place, way back in fall 2010. It is impossible to find any traces of Higgs boson as a QCD particle in the Hadron collider, neither can it show the existence of dark matter. The details of my discovery of how gravitation exactly works, http://www.anadish.com/ , and how it is produced in the framework of quantum mechanics are lying in wraps with the USPTO and I can only make it entirely public after there is clarity on how the USPTO is going to settle the issue of secrecy on my application. I consciously did not report to any peer-reviewed journal, fearing discrimination and possible piracy, because of my non-institutional status as a researcher. However, if the USPTO also continues with their non-committal secrecy review under LARS Level 2, then, anyway, my discovery may not get published for a long time to come, in spite of me having filed the US patent application (US 13/045,558) on March 11, 2011, after filing a mandatory Indian patent application on January 11, 2011.