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It's called the God particle because; some “believe” (these are theories mind you) that they are uncovering the ultimate structure of matter and the fundamental particles which build it.
These particles combine to build all atoms, molecules, stars and galaxies. “The Universe”
Agreed, but I was actually being facetious.
Most important, string theory seems to require our world to have a property called supersymmetry. And a supersymmetric Standard Model with string theory boundary conditions has Higgs bosons and explains their properties. Whereas the mass of the Higgs boson cannot be calculated in the Standard Model, in the supersymmetric Standard Model the mass can be calculated approximately to be 90¿40 GeV, a range that contains the likely discovered value.
Finding a Higgs boson thus strongly supports the supersymmetric Standard Model, which in turn supports the notion that string theory is indeed the right approach to nature.
The Higgs boson is often referred to as "the God particle" by the media, after the title of Leon Lederman's book, The God Particle: If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is the Question?. While use of this term may have contributed to increased media interest in particle physics and the Large Hadron Collider, many scientists dislike it as overstating the importance of the particle. In a renaming competition, a jury of physicists chose the name "the champagne bottle boson" as the best popular name.
Originally posted by MojosGhost
Agreed, but I was actually being facetious.
[edit on 13-7-2010 by MojosGhost]
can someone tell me whether a definitive discovery of the Higgs Boson would invalidate or vindicate any aspects of string duality? Do any string theories replace the Higgs with something else from which to derive mass,
For example, some theorize that gravitons may not be confined to our spacetime at all, and may "leak" into other dimensions.
Finding the Higgs boson is the primary aim of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiment in Geneva, but new results from a rival study taking place in the US suggest there may be five versions of the elusive subatomic particle, which has never been detected despite five decades of research.
The Higgs boson is thought to mediate the force through which all the other particles acquire mass. But scientists overseeing the DZero experiment at the Tevatron particle accelerator in Illinois said the suggestion that five different particles could be responsible for this transaction may point to new laws of physics beyond the Standard Model.
Researchers at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory outside Chicago observed that collisions of protons and anti-protons produced pairs of matter particles one per cent more often than they yielded anti-matter particles.
This "asymmetry" of matter and anti-matter is beyond what could be explained by the Standard Model and could be accounted for by the existence of five Higgs bosons with similar masses but different electric charges, the researchers said.
Three would have a neutral charge and one each would have a negative and positive electric charge. This is known as the two-Higgs doublet model.
The researchers have published the latest DZero study on arXiv.org. The results were reported by Symmetry magazine.
Originally posted by Big Raging Loner
I have to say when I first started the thread I got a little over exited shall we say, and I was really expecting it to have broken into the mainstream news when I got up this morning, and most importantly been confirmed!
But alas so far not so good. So my intention was that the title would be fact by this afternoon. I am somewhat of a dreamer.
Originally posted by Reconer
Has it ever dawned on anyone that the LHC or others are used or have been used as a possible hyperdimentional "gateway" through different "sheets" of time? I was looking into ET space travel cause there are lots of vids from NASA of UFO's traveling in the ultraviolet spectrum...so maybe they have been here all along right in front of us.
Originally posted by Alpha Arietis
Basically: The standard model of particle physics describes six quarks, six leptons and four forces. The math is sound and predicts certain events accurately. The problem is that it doesn't allow for the existence of mass.
So the big question is "where does the mass come from".
The postulated answer is that there is an omnipresent "vacuum" field (the "Higgs Field") in the universe that is super-energized.
Without it, everything would be pure energy. It essentially "slows" particles down enough for mass to exist.
The "god particle" would be the evidence that this "vacuum field" actually exists.
But scientists overseeing the DZero experiment at the Tevatron particle accelerator in Illinois said the suggestion that five different particles could be responsible for this transaction may point to new laws of physics beyond the Standard Model.
Originally posted by squiz
I've always hoped the outcome would be a revision of the standard theory. Sounds good.
Originally posted by highlyoriginal
People are too focused on money and thinking it can solve anything.
"FIND THE GOD DAMN GOD PARTICLE! *throws $20Billion dollars at scientists at CERN
Honestly... is that how it goes?
Originally posted by SeenMyShare
giving itself a 50-50 chance of finding it this year and claiming it should have enough data to make a definitive statement on the Higgs' existence by early 2011 regardless.