Why is it always in the last place you look?
In case you’ve forgotten, the Higgs boson is the only subatomic particle from the Standard Model whose existence remains unconfirmed. Basically, it explains the Big Bang Theory and gives mass to all other particles as well as the universe at large.
Simple enough for you? Good.
Physicists now expect the LHC to either find the Higgs boson or rule out its existence by the end of next year (2012).
Rolf Heuer, director of the European particle physics laboratory near Geneva, said today that by “the end of next year, you will have an answer.”
Heuer says that new research at the world’s largest atom smasher, located near the Swiss-French border, has helped to nail down the exact level of high energy where the new particle is expected to be found.
Only 17 more months to go then. Gosh, I’d better get the popcorn ready.
- The Large Hadron Collider is tantalizingly close to finding the Higgs Boson [Physics] (io9.com)
- Narrowing in on the Higgs Boson at EPS (quantumdiaries.org)