Kate Allen | thestar.com
Scientists announced Thursday that the particle discovered through the ATLAS and CMS experiments at the Large Hadron Collider last summer is, in fact, the long-sought Higgs boson.
If it walks and talks like a Higgs boson, then it is a Higgs boson.
But what kind?
Scientists announced Thursday that the particle discovered through the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN’s atom-smashing Large Hadron Collider last summer is, in fact, the long-sought Higgs boson.
“It’s pretty significant. We don’t get a white puff of smoke, but it’s another good step,” said University of Toronto physics professor Richard Teuscher, speaking to the Toronto Star from CERN. Teuscher is deputy spokesperson for the 140 Canadians working at ATLAS.
The results were announced at the Moriond conference in Geneva, Switzerland Thursday. Physicists had spent months sifting through all the data generated in 2012 at the collider — two and a half times the amount of data available for the announcement last July that a “Higgs-like” particle bearing the properties of the elusive particle had been discovered.
“The preliminary results with the full 2012 data set are magnificent and to me it is clear that we are dealing with a Higgs boson,” CMS spokesperson Joe Incandela said in a statement.