CERN tries to stop the speculation regarding the possible discovery of the Higgs boson
Internet and the scientific community are highly expectant of an ad that could happen in the coming weeks, during the International Conference on High Energy Physics (ICHEP), scheduled for July 4 in Australia. Speculation is that the mysterious Higgs boson may have finally been discovered and revealed to the world during the event.
Late last year, scientists at CERN reported seeing some evidence of the Higgs , data have been analyzed ever since. According to mathematician Peter Woit , “there’s something there that looks like it should be a Higgs”, and rumors say the new data would be the strongest evidence to date regarding this elusive particle.
The Higgs boson is a particle which supports the Standard Model of physics, a collection of theories that explain how the universe works. The boson explains why some particles have mass and others do not, however, the evidence available so far does not confirm its existence completely.
As revealed by CERN in December, is a particle in the region of 125 gigaelectrovolts could be the Higgs boson. This means that if the particle exists, would be about 125 times the mass of a proton. The physicists succeeded at that time a 3-sigma signal, a probability of about 3 in 1000 that the observations were accidental. That certainly rumored to have risen in recent months, perhaps approaching the 5-sigma standard level to recognize something as a discovery (a chance of 1 in 3.5 million that the observation is accidental).
According to the New York Times, it appears that the announcement of the specific evidence of the existence of the Higgs will be announced at ICHEP. Otherwise, “it probably means that the Higgs boson, at least the way it has been viewed by physicists in the last 40 years there.”
However, the CERN called for prudence and not to believe everything that goes online. For now that remains is to wait and see what they actually say scientists at the LHC.
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