After repeated tests, scientists were finally able to find evidence of the much-sought Higgs boson, also known as the “God particle”. The finding proves that the model predicted by Higgs could be true, according to the Associated Press.
Scientists who have been working for a long time at the world’s biggest atom smasher celebrated an important accomplishment in their research. According to their declarations, physicists succeeded in identifying a particle that is similar to the one described by Higgs, but not identical to it. Thus, scientists can now declare that their system is correct.
Rolf Heuer, director of the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN), told the press that the discovery is very important for the research. The small particle that is very similar to the original boson is a consistent proof in support of the particle physics.
Despite all the similarities, physicists were reluctant in claiming that the found boson is the much-disputed “God particle”. Heuer stated that further researches have to be made before the group of scientists could admit that the particle is indeed the correct one.
The Wednesday finding is very important for the evolution of particle physics. So far, physicists grounded their knowledge on a theoretical particle. They began researches because they wanted to prove that the system is correct and their suppositions turned out to be true. The particle explains how matter has mass and how it combines with gravity to create an object’s weight.
The Large Hadron Collider which was installed on the Swiss-French border produced high-energy collisions of protons in order to shed light on the mystery of the dark matter, antimatter and the creation of the universe. The two groups that identified the particle were conducted by Joe Incandela, head of CMS with 2,100 scientists and Fabiola Gianotti, head of ATLAS with 3,000 scientists. Incandela stated that it is too soon for scientists to talk about Higgs boson, but they are now convinced that they are on the right track. Higgs celebrated the achievement, too; he was very happy to see that the first boson-like particle was found in his lifetime.