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And combined - 5 sigma. Round of applause. That's a discovery of a Higgs - like particle at CMS. They thank LHC for the data!
5 sigma is the usual particle physics threshold for discovery. It roughly means that you're 99.9999% sure
All channels combined, sensitivity is 4.9 sigma. All results are consistent.
In simple language, CMS have discovered a new boson, and it behaves like the Standard Model Higgs
Cost Main article: List of megaprojects With a budget of 7.5 billion euros (approx. $9bn or £6.19bn as of Jun 2010), the LHC is one of the most expensive scientific instruments ever built. The total cost of the project is expected to be of the order of 4.6bn Swiss francs (approx. $4.4bn, €3.1bn, or £2.8bn as of Jan 2010) for the accelerator and SFr 1.16bn (approx. $1.1bn, €0.8bn, or £0.7bn as of Jan 2010) for the CERN contribution to the experiments.
The global scientific community is abuzz about the 30-year search for the Higgs boson or the God particle, a theoretical particle that is key to the scientific understanding of all matter.
"What we hope is to fix now the understanding of the standard model of physics which is the basis of many applications, many things which we actually see in all day life." The results of the research being done near Geneva could help scientists probe other mysteries of the universe such as the nature of dark matter. "Of course you never could predict what happens later on," Dr Jenni said.
Originally posted by acmpnsfal
reply to post by InFriNiTee
Heres a link for you, if it werent for CERN we wouldn't be having this exchange. Read Up