LHC: “we have observed a new particle consistent with a Higgs boson. But which one?”

That’s what they’ll be trying to work out over the next few years.  Matt Strassler’s probably the man to go to for more on the options ahead.  But, for now, the news from Cern is that they have, almost certainly, found “that damned elusive particle“, a Higgs boson.  Earlier this morning one of the six theoreticians who predicted the field/boson, Peter Higgs, instructed his family to start chilling the champagne, and Stephen Hawking has conceded that he has lost his …

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LHC: “Evidence soon emerged however that this particular squib might be of the damp variety…”

After the hype, “somewhat excited” reporters are straining to sound convincing – the Guardian live-blogged the presentation.  And Matt Strassler was at the circus in CERN. I have been chatting with my colleagues, all particle physicists working at or visiting CERN, and finding out how many say that the evidence presented today convinces them that the Higgs has been found.  So far — Experimentalists — No: 9,  Maybe: 1, and a good one; will explain shortly.  Yes: 1 (Tomaso Dorigo, of …

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Have they found that elusive goddamn particle?

Well, maybe…  As was the case with Tevatron’s false alarm, it’s far too soon to say that the search for “that damned elusive [Higgs] particle” is over.  But there is a difference this time. I thought something was up when I read the Guardian’s tame particle physicist Jon Butterworth’s post on Thursday. I’m writing this on the plane home from CERN. I would have loved to post more about ATLAS preparations for the European Physical Society meeting in Grenoble, but …

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“that damned elusive particle…”

Earlier this week there was unfounded speculation that the Tevatron particle collider at Fermilab had already discovered the Higgs boson.  But if their funding is continued, and it probably will be, they could still take that particular prize ahead of the Large Hadron Collider at Cern. Understandably in the circumstances, all scientific eyes have been on the International Conference on High Energy Physics (ICHEP) in Paris this weekend. The Guardian’s Science Blog’s Jon Butterworth is there In the final session of the …

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