CERN's Research Confirms Existence of Higgs Boson --Will It Lead to a "New Physics"?
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December 18, 2012

CERN's Research Confirms Existence of Higgs Boson --Will It Lead to a "New Physics"?

 

 

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The latest research findings from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN show that the CMS and ATLAS experiments are now reporting that the significance of their observation of the Higgs-like particle is standing close to the 7 sigma level, well beyond the 5 required for a discovery, and that the new particle's properties appear to be consistent with those of a Standard Model Higgs boson.

The news comes in a week when the Physics World award for their '2012 Breakthrough of the Year' gone to the ATLAS and CMS collaborations at CERN, for their joint discovery of a Higgs-like particle at the LHC. The CMS and ATLAS results were delivered when representatives of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and five of its experiments presented a round-up report on the first three years of activity to the CERN Council.

The CMS and ATLAS representatives went on to report that further analysis of the data, and a probable combination of both experiments' data next year, will be required before some key properties of the new particle, such as its spin, can be determined conclusively. The focus of the analysis has now moved from discovery to measurement of the new particle in its individual decay channels.

The measurements reported by both experiments show that the new Higgs-like particle is in good health with a mass of around 125 GeV, but much further analysis is needed to reveal the full details of its identity. The next update is scheduled for the spring 2013 conferences, but for the final word before the LHC resumes running in 2015, we'll probably have to wait some time longer.

Other highlights from CERN included the LHCb experiment reporting on a measurement of one of the rarest processes so far observed in particle physics, the decay of a Bs (pronounced B-sub-s) meson into two muons. Measurements of rare decays provide important tests of the Standard Model of particle physics, and are good places to look for new physics beyond the Standard Model.

The highlights from the ALICE experiment's first three years are detailed studies of the quark-gluon plasma, QGP, the matter of the primordial universe. Measurements from the TOTEM experiment give insights on the structure of the proton and provide input to the analyses of the other LHC experiments.

Physicists hope that a "new physics" will provide a more straightforward explanation for the characteristics of the Higgs boson than that derived from the current Standard Model. This new physics is sorely needed to find solutions to a series of yet unresolved problems, as presently only the visible universe is explained, which constitutes just four percent of total matter.

"The Standard Model has no explanation for the so-called dark matter, so it does not describe the entire universe – there is a lot that remains to be understood," said Dr. Volker Büscher of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU).

The mystery of the origin of matter seems to have been solved when CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva, announced this past July the discovery of a new particle that could be the long sought-after Higgs boson which had a mass of about 126 gigaelectron volts (GeV), roughly that of 126 protons.

"Almost half a century has passed since the existence of the Higgs boson was first postulated and now it seems that we at last have the evidence we have been looking for. What we have found perfectly fits the predicted parameters of the Higgs boson," says Büscher.

The Higgs boson is important to our current fundamental theory of physics as it explains why the elementary building blocks of matter have a mass at all. 

The existence of the Higgs boson was predicted in 1964 and it is named after the British physicist Peter Higgs. It is the last piece of the puzzle that has been missing from the Standard Model of physics and its function is to give other elementary particles their mass. According to the theory, the so-called Higgs field extends throughout the entire universe. The mass of individual elementary particles is determined by the extent to which they interact with the Higgs bosons.

On the one hand, the Higgs particle is the last component missing from the Standard Model of particle physics. On the other hand, physicists are struggling to understand the detected mass of the Higgs boson. "Using our theory as it currently stands, the mass of the Higgs boson can only be explained as the result of a random fine-tuning of the physical constants of the universe at a level of accuracy of one in one quadrillion," explained Matthias Neubert, of the Institute of Physics at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). 

The image at the top of the page is galaxy cluster Abell 520 — 2.4 billion light-years away — may challenge some of our basic theories about Dark Matter. It is overlaid with false-color maps showing concentrations of starlight (orange), hot gas (green) and mass (blue). The mass is mostly Dark Matter.

More on the subject:

"Higgs Boson Will Unlock Great Mysteries of the Universe" --Era of New Physics Looming

The Daily Galaxy via CERN and Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU).

Image Credit: M.J. Jee and A. Mahdavi/NASA/ESA/CFHT/CXO

Comments

Okay then, now build the warp drive so we can start exploring the last frontier.

"Higgs-[like] particle"

"the new particle's properties [appear] to be consistent with those of a Standard Model Higgs boson."

"much further analysis is needed to reveal the full details of its identity."

"The mystery of the origin of matter [seems] to have been solved"

"it [seems] that we at last have the evidence we have been looking for."

The appearance of a thing is not the thing in itself. What has been found, if anything, since many physicists believe that:

"The Higgs boson doesn't exist? It doesn't exhibit mass. It is the 'particle' that gives rise to particles exhibiting mass: those that do exist. The Higgs is not part of reality. It is what generates reality. The Higgs is more properly associated with 'potentiality' rather than reality. It turns out potentiality is more real than 'reality.' It is potentiality that underlies quantum nonseparability. Therefore, reality is a projection of potentiality and hence is illusory."

Perhaps there is more to the "ATLAS and CMS collaborations at CERN" than meets the eye.

I don't think the qualities required for The Higgs particle to explain the standard model is there, and I don't think they will be found.

Neither do I think, that supersymmetry will be recognized in futuristic science.

I know I am a pain in the butt, but I believe in a complete different approach to high energy physics in the future. My vision is that future science will engulf consciousness. The mind and the spirit will be explainable through physics.

I have been a fan of Sir Roger Penrose for many years. He was the first scientist to say that consciousness should be found in the quantum field rather than in the brain. I am so much a fan, that I made my own theory out of the idea that consciousness might be explained through a better understanding of antimatter and multiverse dimensions.

My idea is that antimatter is the mirror of this universe, and that antimatter might be where memory is located.

I think that the subconscious mind and consciousness are located in multiverse dimensions in the form of antimatter.

The original standard model predicted no mass at all. That made no sence to scientists, so Peter Higgs predicted The Higgs Boson, purely from mathematics. I think the original standard model was right, particles does not exist. The physical universe is a flow of energy from minus infinite energy to plus infinite energy.

If you would like to know more, then you can watch a full videopresentation of my theory on my blog:

www.crestroy.com

Quite sad that there is so much mysticism in modern concepts in physics. Quantum fields, energy, potentiality? The confusion on interpreting what we perceive follows directly from our conceptual web of nonsense trying to be fit to reality.


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