Physicists at the Large Hadron Collider announced their Higgs boson likely-discovery on July 4, but now it's (a little) more official: The first scientific papers describing the new Higgs-like boson have been set in ink.
The huge particle collider's two main experiments, the ATLAS and CMS collaborations, published their findings in the journal Physics Letters B.
CMS spokesperson Joe Incandela said they're the most important scientific studies to come out of the LHC so far, and they're both freely available. You can go here to read the ATLAS paper, "Observation of a new particle in the search for the Standard Model Higgs boson with the ATLAS detector at the LHC." Go here to read the CMS paper, "Observation of a new boson at a mass of 125 GeV with the CMS experiment at the LHC." And then tell us what you think the Drell-Yan process means.
It would be nice if the URLs to the papers actually worked . . . .
. . . Never mind, they worked.
lol, I cant help but notice the intermittent outage of the linked sites. Just goes to show you the enormous amount of traffic these articles are getting.....
While my hopes still remain high, I can't help but notice that there is no "Eureka! we found it!" in either of these papers. I do not know how to take that exactly. Could it be all the physicists simply stuck in "cover my ass" mode, or are they legitimately uncertain about their certainty?
Either way I hope to see more papers in the future with a greater degree of confidence and a little less safety phrasing.....
Don't feel too bad about how good we have it on this site. I subscribe to both PopSci and PopMech, and PopMech doesn't have an integrated comment software service. It uses social media stuff, which I don't like. Yeah, what I say online could go viral, but at least have the courtesy to come to the site where I made the damn comment. So I guess I gotta thank PopSci for putting their work in where others don't.
On Topic: All of the worlds' various top level labs are up against the same hard nut now. LHC execs know that they can keep smashing stuff forever, and get a great list of observed behaviors, but it is likely that what they want to beat is the same thing everyone else is looking at which is avoidance of, or controlling, the Coulomb principle.