US experiment hints at ‘multiple God particle


There may be multiple versions of the elusive “God particle” – or Higgs boson – according to a new study.

Finding the Higgs is the primary aim of the £6bn ($10bn) Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiment near Geneva.

But recent results from the LHC’s US rival suggest physicists could be hunting five particles, not one.

The data may point to new laws of physics beyond the current accepted theory – known as the Standard Model.

The Higgs boson’s nickname comes from its importance to the Standard Model; it is the sub-atomic particle which explains why all other particles have mass.

However, despite decades trying, no one, so far, has detected it.

The idea of multiple Higgs bosons is supported by results gathered by the DZero experiment at the Tevatron particle accelerator, operated by Fermilab in Illinois, US.

DZero is designed to shed light on why the world around us is composed of normal matter and not its shadowy opposite: anti-matter.

Researchers working on the experiment observed collisions of protons and anti-protons in the Tevatron.

The collisions produced pairs of matter particles slightly more often than they yielded anti-matter particles.

The results showed a 1% difference in the production of pairs of muon (matter) particles and pairs of anti-muons (anti-matter particles) in these high-energy collisions.

Physicists had already seen such differences – known as “CP violation”, but these effects were small compared to those seen by the DZero experiment.
– News Story

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    Ammara said,

    waaaaaaaaaaay over my head 🙂


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