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6a00d8341bf7f753ef012877113807970c-500wi A rumor has gone viral in the physics community that the world's largest atom smasher may have detected a long-sought subatomic particle called the Higgs boson, also known as the "God particle," based on an anonymous commentor posted an abstract of a leaked note on Columbia University physicist, Peter Woit's blog, Not Even Wrong.

The controversial rumor is based on what appears to be a leaked internal note from physicists at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 17-mile-long particle accelerator near Geneva, Switzerland. It's not certain at this point if the memo is authentic, or what the data it refers to might mean — but the note  has sent the physics community into full buzz mode.

Some physicists say the note may be a hoax, while others believe the "detection" is likely a statistical anomaly that will disappear upon further study. But the find would be one the century's great achievements, if it turns out to be valid.

Here's the note in full as it appeared on Woit's blog, Not Even Wrong:


Internal Note

Report number ATL-COM-PHYS-2011-415
Title Observation of a γγ resonance at a mass in the vicinity of 115 GeV/c2 at ATLAS and its Higgs interpretation
Author(s) Fang, Y (-) ; Flores Castillo, L R (-) ; Wang, H (-) ; Wu, S L (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Imprint 21 Apr 2011. – mult. p.
Subject category Detectors and Experimental Techniques
Accelerator/Facility, Experiment CERN LHC ; ATLAS
Free keywords Diphoton ; Resonance ; EWEAK ; HIGGS ; SUSY ; EXOTICS ; EGAMMA
Abstract Motivated by the result of the Higgs boson candidates at LEP with a mass of about 115~GeV/c2, the observation given in ATLAS note ATL-COM-PHYS-2010-935 (November 18, 2010) and the publication “Production of isolated Higgs particle at the Large Hadron Collider Physics” (Letters B 683 2010 354-357), we studied the γγ invariant mass distribution over the range of 80 to 150 GeV/c2. With 37.5~pb−1 data from 2010 and 26.0~pb−1 from 2011, we observe a γγ resonance around 115~GeV/c2 with a significance of 4σ. The event rate for this resonance is about thirty times larger than the expectation from Higgs to γγ in the standard model. This channel H→γγ is of great importance because the presence of new heavy particles can enhance strongly both the Higgs production cross section and the decay branching ratio. This large enhancement over the standard model rate implies that the present result is the first definitive observation of physics beyond the standard model. Exciting new physics, including new particles, may be expected to be found in the very near future.


Researchers on the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at CERN's Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland, reported in January that they have seen hints of what may be the hot, dense state of matter thought to have filled the universe in its first nanoseconds of existence. The CMS detector has captured a signal thought to represent this quark-gluon plasma. Quarks are generally trapped in groups of two or three by the gluons that bind them, but in the moments after the big bang, the universe was so hot that they could escape, becoming a fluid of free quarks and gluons.

Whether this really is a quark-gluon plasma is still unknown, but the CMS team hopes to find an answer shortly. "What is happening may be fully understood in the next few months or year," says CMS spokesman Guido Tonelli.

"We're within a billionth of a second of the Big Bang," CERN spokesman James Gillies told AFP back in March, 2010. The new stage, dubbed "First Physics", marks only the beginning of an initial 18- to 24-month series of billions of such collisions.

The LHC, which is located in a tunnel under the Franco-Swiss border, ground to halt with a major breakdown within days of its launch in 2008. But the huge scientific experiment then passed several groundbreaking milestones since it was restarted from repairs last November.

Scientists around the world will sift through and process the data on a giant computer network, searching for evidence of a theorised missing link called the Higgs Boson, commonly called the "God Particle".

"In this kind of physics, what's important in order to observe new phenomena is to collect statistics," said CERN scientist Despiona Hatzifotiadu. "It will give us a clue of how we were created in the beginning," she added. The experiment also aims to shed light on "dark matter" and subsequently "dark energy", invisible matter or forces that are thought to account together for some 96 percent of the cosmos.

At this stage the LHC is still running on only partial power. It is designed to run collisions at twice the current energy -- 14 TeV, equivalent to 99.99 percent of the speed of light.

CERN is aiming to cross that threshold with the giant, cryogenically-cooled machine after 2011.

At full power the detectors in cathedral sized chambers should capture some 600 million collisions every second among trillions of protons racing around the LHC 11,245 times a second.

CERN researchers plan to keep the LHC running until the end of 2012, rather than 2011 as previously scheduled. The 27-kilometre collider at the particle-physics laboratory CERN near Geneva, Switzerland, had endured delays and a crippling breakdown before finally surging to life late in 2009, and physicists say it is now performing above expectations.

Predictions of mini black holes forming at collision energies of a few teraelectronvolts (TeV) were based on theories that consider the gravitational effects of extra dimensions of space. Although the holes were expected to evaporate quickly, some suggested that they might linger long enough to consume the planet. But scientists at the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector now say they found no signs of mini black holes at energies of 3.5–4.5 TeV. Physicist Guido Tonelli, the detector's spokesperson, says that by the end of the next run, the LHC should be able to exclude the creation of black holes almost entirely.

The possible creation of tiny, particle-sized black holes would be more exciting than the discovery of Higgs Boson, who's function is giving mass to the particles of matter. Real data from these experiments will rewrite the theorists' Guide to the Quantum Universe.

According to current physics these nano black holes could not be created at the energy levels the LHC is capable of producing. They could only be created if a parallel universe actually exists, providing the extra gravitation needed to generate the nano black holes.


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This is quite interesting, can't wait to hear more about this. Future seems to hold and hopefully bring us many surprises about ourselves and the world we are on and the world around us.

There are other groups, including one in America, who are working toward the same goal. This could be one of these "jump the gun" maneuvers so common in academia. They did this (or tried to do it) with the discovery of the HIV/AIDS connection in the Eighties. Lots of egos involved.

Scary stuff dude, they better be very careful!


The God particle will be nothing but very very heavy quarks/glouns that were precursers to the six quarks we have seen in the present studies. These 'heavy' quarks decayed under extremely strong fieldstrength present then. The dacey components we see as our 6 quarks while the frozen part that remained undecayed form the so-called dark matter. The latter being non-baryonic, does not interact with the visible universe consisting of baryonic matter.

we don't know what in our oceans and you are telling me they can figure out the god particle, fuck off lol

I love what they are doing, its different yes, is it good for mankind, probably not...

it often makes me wonder where all intelligent life exists, or maybe they started smashing particles together, and thus, maybe that's why there is a black hole in every galaxy, every life form fell for the same science horse shit. just all destined to undesirable fate :) Sounds like religion really lol

Forgetting to use 'quotation marks' isn't smart.

Second to last paragraph: It should be "whose" not "who's."

"According to current physics these nano black holes could not be created at the energy levels the LHC is capable of producing. They could only be created if a parallel universe actually exists, providing the extra gravitation needed to generate the nano black holes.But then... The possible creation of tiny, particle-sized black holes would be more exciting." (Because of the possibility of same growing to an Earth consuming size?)

The above implies that nothing about the creation of black holes is known. So, what justifies playing with an apparently loaded revolver against Earth´s temple?

-- James Ph. Kotsybar

They granulate the universe to pulp
crashing particles only newly found.
They figure their trajectories
and gulp,
“So much data upon which to expound!”
Their energies unbound by quantum course,
they separate the world we think we know.
They rip particles into force by force.
Unification’s where they say they’ll go.
When, at last, they prove life is illusion,
where do you think they’ll publish the result?
They may just ascend beyond confusion
and leave us in the lurch of the occult,
for once that testimony’s imparted,
expostulation just seems false-hearted.

This is one of possible neverending questions that mankind destined to seek for an answer... of who created who,, and what composed of what. After this another search of what composed of Higgs and other subatomic particles will be on the way if they successful. And what composed of those particles that composed the particles of the Higgs.. etc.etc.. similar to who created everything..God?,.. then where he came from and who created him... and Who created the One who creates the God/..and to the infinity...........

ya sorry i was drunk and high in the making of my last statement.
thank you to the grammar police, "Me fail Anglish, thats' umplossible!" LOL

Matter - energy - matter (M-E-M). This is the cycle, the reality. Bangs and booms are part of this cyclic momentum. There's neither beginning nor end but a permanent and constant procedure which we call the existence.
So where should one insert the "God Particle".It's place or location - as a substitute to belief, creed or faith - is just the timely (the infinitesimal moment) transformation that has to occur in the the dialectic peocess of M-E-M.

I wonder how long it takes before they authenticate the memo.

hope she appreciates all the fuss.

The comments above me are very disturbing, not least because of their attitude toward science, which reflects an oddly misplaced skepticism: one in which the poster's own apparent ignorance of the hard facts that ARE known leads them to be prematurely skeptical of experiments for which there is, as of yet, no final word. Science is the only discipline where you score points for proving others wrong AND proving yourself wrong. The posters on here can expound on their half-baked theories all they want: science is about TESTING to see how much of what we know is correct and changing our view to be more accurate with each iteration of the investigation. You have no chance of finding answers if you never look, and no one ever said it wasn't dangerous- such is the very nature of exploration.

What's worse than people worried about LHC and 2012? People who think that this particle is somehow going to reveal the face of god. Sure we may unveil the process to which universes are created in the early stages of the bigbang and answer some questions about mysterious energy and forces in the universe, but God? Give me a break.

The whole "god particle" wording is just propaganda for researchers who let their personal beliefs guide their research.

To those eventually interested in my yesterday's (24th)comment posted at 12.02 p.m please take note that the equation M-E-M should be substituded by E-M-E i.e. Energy - Matter - Energy.
Thank you.

half-baked, more like fully baked bro... lol

nice post though, i really like science that is why i look here everyday. my point was they are trying to understand the the creation of galaxy's, when in fact they know nothing of there own back yard. How can we understand Space and its infinite possibilities, when we don't know what is going on with our planet, IE Oceans, magnetic poles ect, thats just how i feel... isn't that what posting comments is all about???

It seems many of the posters are focused on the 'god' part of god particle. This particle isn't going to sort out creationism, the beginning of time, etc. However, it's discovery could explain a lot of inconsistencies in physics, especially in Einstein's work. What it may or may not answer is irrelevant at this point. What is important is that research is going on to try to prove, OR DISPROVE, it's existence, for that is the nature of man. Once that discovery is made, another path is opened and another solution is sought. For those who seem to prefer that we just leave this alone, I say "please, if you go sailing, don't get too close to the edge!".

I wonder if these high energy collisions are knocking lamps off tables in the homes of alternate dimensional families?

The discovery of gravity’s exact mechanism along with that of dark matter has already taken place, way back in autumn 2010. I know from my theoretical understanding that it is impossible to find any traces of Higgs boson as a quantum 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, 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 (find the PDF of Private PAIR of the USPTO on my site), 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. Till, I find a clue to come out of the maze of government regulations, unless, of course, the USPTO decides to put it out of secrecy.

blah blah blah, i should smoke one more...

Kumar, should i be afraid of anything :S

Anyone else notice that they are upping the voltage and extending the smashing of particles till the end of 2012?

Maybe the Mayans were on to something...

We sure must be entertaining to our creator. I'm anxious for that day with him, where his response: "duh." Let's enjoy the time we have here while we can and keep our eyes and seeking on what matters. I find these articles very intriguing... Thank you for sharing!

This is quite interesting, can't wait to hear more about this.
Thank you for sharing!

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