They are 99.9996% certain.
Why not 100%?
What exactly is this God particle about?
To a layman like me. it appears that it is like a glue or adhesive that binds the atoms/its constituents.
These atomic particles can not be bound without a binding a Force.
This is what the great scientists have found.
What a great find?
My grand son often tells me that he needs a glue to paste two broken pieces of a toy car.( he is three years old)
Now they tell me that this’ find’ can help them resolve the issues of factors just preceding the Big Bang.
This find , they say will tell them how the wandering particles, just after the Big Bang came together!
Viva la Science!
Now, is all this spin about mass fit for mass consumption? It’s fine to say an invisible energy field helps bind infinitesimal entities. Any atom-smashing show starring the Higgs – or its debutant lookalike – will still need a macro-sales pitch to excite the masses. The latter’s opiate, it’s rumoured, is religion. No wonder science chose to name its Holy Grail the “God particle”. Talk about the universal Big Boss, and it creates a Big Bang in the minds of every Tom, Dick and Hari. It’s elementary, my dear what’s-your-name.
The Higgs boson, when confirmed, would complete the Standard Model of particle physics, which describes quirky characters like quarks. Regrettably, ordinary folks might mistake ‘standard model’ for an auto expo exhibit. To interest everybody, science must stop laymen from saying ‘Duh?’ One way is to make a thriller out of its quests. It already entices with use of terms like ‘dark matter” – so thrillingly evocative of Darth Vader - and “black holes”, which must surely be less perilous than our municipally neglected open manholes. Mystery sells. Maybe that’s why boson-chasers keep us on tenterhooks. It’s been a riveting case of now-you-see-Higgs, now-you-don’t.
So, have they seen it? Don’t spoil the suspense by demanding snappy answers to fundamental questions. Instead, hail science that’s up, close and accessible. That CERN researchers have kept society informed, via media, of collisions, emissions and omissions, shows they want to be seen as committed and accountable. What’s the empirical proof they’re doing their bit to popularise and demystify science? Well, aren’t we common folks discussing bosons instead of Botox?
The existence of the Higgs boson was predicted in 1964 to explain the Higgs mechanism (sometimes termed in the literature the Brout–Englert–Higgs, BEH or Brout–Englert–Higgs–Hagen–Guralnik–Kibble mechanism after its original proposers)—the mechanism by which elementary particles are given mass.[Note 2] While the Higgs mechanism is considered confirmed to exist, the boson itself—a cornerstone of the leading theory—had not been observed and its existence was unconfirmed. Its tentative discovery in July 2012 may validate the Standard Model as essentially correct, as it is the final elementary particle predicted and required by the Standard Model which had not yet been observed via particle physics experiments. Alternative sources of the Higgs mechanism that do not need the Higgs boson also are possible and would be considered if the existence of the Higgs boson were to be ruled out. They are known as Higgsless models.
The Higgs boson is named after Peter Higgs, who in 1964 wrote one of three ground-breaking papers alongside the work of Robert Brout and François Englert and Tom Kibble, C. R. Hagen andGerald Guralnik covering what is now known as the Higgs mechanism and described the related Higgs field and boson.
Technically, it is the quantum excitation of the Higgs field, and the non-zero value of the ground state of this field, that give mass to the other elementary particles, such as quarks and electrons. The Standard Model completely fixes the properties of the Higgs boson, except for its mass. It is expected to have no spin and no electric or colour charge, and it interacts with other particles through the weak interaction and Yukawa-type interactions between the various fermions and the Higgs field.
Because the Higgs boson is a very massive particle and decays almost immediately when created, only a very high-energy particle accelerator can observe and record it. Experiments to confirm and determine the nature of the Higgs boson using the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN began in early 2010, and were performed at Fermilab‘s Tevatron until its close in late 2011. Mathematical consistency of the Standard Model requires that any mechanism capable of generating the masses of elementary particles become visible at energies above 1.4 TeV; therefore, the LHC (designed to collide two 7 TeV proton beams, but currently running at 4 TeV each) was built to answer the question of whether or not the Higgs boson exists.
On 4 July 2012, the two main experiments at the LHC (ATLAS and CMS) both reported independently the confirmed existence of a previously unknown particle with a mass of about 125 GeV/c2(about 133 proton masses, on the order of 10−25 kg), which is “consistent with the Higgs boson” and widely believed to be the Higgs boson. They cautioned that further work would be needed to confirm that it is indeed the Higgs boson (meaning that it has the theoretically predicted properties of the Higgs boson and is not some other previously unknown particle) and, if so, to determine which version of the Standard Model it best supports.
- ‘God Particle’ Discovery May Be Impostor, Scientists Say (huffingtonpost.co.uk)