Scientists at the CERN research center announced today that they have finally discovered a new subatomic particle that could be the Higgs boson, otherwise known as the “God particle.”
Joe Incandela, a spokesperson for one of the two teams that have been searching for the Higgs boson, told an audience at CERN near Geneva, “This is a preliminary result, but we think it’s very strong and very solid.”
Rolf Heuer, director of the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN), said, “As a layman, I would say I think we have it.”
“We have now found the missing cornerstone of particle physics,” he added.
Addressing the scientists who had gathered in the CERN auditorium, Heuer asked: “Would you agree?” The room then erupted into applause.
Making the discovery even more special was the fact that Peter Higgs, the 83-year-old British physicist who initially proposed the existence of the God particle in the ’60s, was present to hear the landmark announcement.
His eyes welling up with tears, he told the room, “It is an incredible thing that it has happened in my lifetime.”
CERN’s $10 billion Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland has been creating high-energy collisions of protons to investigate the creation of the universe, which many believe began with the so-called Big Bang.
Two different groups of researchers at CERN say they’ve observed a new subatomic particle.
Heuer said it was “most probably a Higgs boson, but we have to find out what kind of Higgs boson it is.”
If this is it, it’s truly a monumental day in the field of particle physics and even science in general. We could finally be on the path toward discovering our own origins in the universe.
What is the Higgs boson exactly? Find out in the video below.
- Physicists find evidence of new subatomic particle (newsobserver.com)
- Higgs boson: how would you explain it to a seven-year-old? (guardian.co.uk)
- What’s a Higgs Boson, Anyway? (universetoday.com)
- Confirmed: the Higgs boson does exist (smh.com.au)