Physicists performing tests to discover the well-known Higgs boson, also known as the “God particle”, have communicated on Wednesday that they are getting very close to proving its existence. According to scientists, there are several other aspects that need to be tested in order to distinguish the found particle from a graviton.
The Higgs boson has stopped making headlines in the past years, yet scientists have continued to perform tests and analyses all this time. They have, thus, managed to prove that the particle they found last year is, indeed the Higgs boson. In their opinion, the proofs they have found so far are a strong indicative that their work has been correctly performed. Nonetheless, physicists want to eliminate all possible errors; therefore, they will continue to make tests to demolish skeptics’ counterargument, according to which, the particle is a graviton.
Ever since tests were first started in 2010, physicists have made great efforts to dismantle all the counterarguments that were brought against their work. The discovery of the particle is important for physics because it could validate the theoretical framework of the Standard Model and it could lead to other major discoveries in the technological field.
The subatomic particle was first suggested by physician Peter Higgs in 1964 in the attempt to explain why matter has mass. Decades later, the world’s largest atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider, was set up by a group of international scientists and the Higgs-like particle was discovered for the first time.
According to physicist Pauline Gagnon, the particle looks and acts just like a Higgs boson, but researchers want to make sure they are not making any mistakes. The particle could be easily associated with a graviton, that is, a subatomic particle, which is normally related to gravitational fields, not mass. This problem will be solved once and for all by verifying the internal spin of the particle. If there is internal spin, it means the particle is a graviton and vice versa, if there is no spin, the found particle is the long sought Higgs boson.