This morning in a press conference in Geneva, scientists of the CERN-institute announced that they have found a new subatomic particle that is most likely the long-sought “Higgs boson”. According to the scientists, the chance that they’re wrong is less than one percent.
Although CERN cannot confirm that the Higgs boson is actually found, the scientists have at least enough evidence that a particle has been discovered whose existence in physics was unknown until now. That particle seems to be the Higgs particle, say the scientists. “As a layman I would say that we have found the Higgs particle,” said CERN Director Heuer at the press conference. “As a scientist I must say: what have we found?”
According to the researchers, the discovery came sooner than expected. However, it could still take years of research before it can be said with certainty that the found particle fits or confounds the simplest description given by the Standard Model of the Higgs boson – the theory that has ruled physics for the last half century. The scientists expect that whatever will come from this, the finding will lead to new deeper ideas of the universe, possibly beyond the Standard Model.
According to The Guardian “the science community seems agreed: this is a big moment. But many, like Heuer, are cautioning that this could be just the beginning.”
“This could be just the first step towards uncovering a completely new layer of reality – the Higgs might lead to the discovery of supersymmetry: the notion that for every known particle there exist a super-particle with a much larger mass,” said Dr Roberto Trotta, Lecturer in Cosmology at Imperial College London, according to the Science Media Centre.
“And if supersymmetry is real, then we are on our way to finally crack the mystery of the dark matter in the Universe. Dark matter might be ‘the last Highlander’ of all supersymmetric particles, the only surviving ‘sparticle’ from the Big Bang. And we might be on the verge of hunting it down at the LHC.”
Photo: CERN via The Guardian