About 900 physicists gathered in Melbourne to attend the CERN
Higgs seminar. CERN representatives gave a long awaited presentation of their findings on the so called
god particle which gives matter mass.
According to Joe Incandela, scientists were able to observe
a particle consistent with the elusive Higgs boson with an accuracy
of 4,9 sigma (explanation: here). Evidence which is "in agreement with
the standard model at 95% confidence range," Incandela
The data was provided by two independent experiments, CMS and
ATLAS which were both conducted at CERN. There is only a 1 in 1.6
million chance that the scientists retrieved this data if the
particle did not exist.
As common in science, these findings open up more questions:What
are the characteristics of this new particle? How does it behave?
Does this confirm what Higgs theory predicts?
To follow a live report on the news at the seminar, click here.