Video: Large Hadron Collider to run through the year in Higgs boson race

By | June 5, 2009

Video: Large Hadron Collider to run through the year in Higgs boson race

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will start smashing its first protons in October and run through the winter to keep it ahead in the international race to find the elusive “God particle”.

The CERN laboratory’s decision to operate the £4 billion particle accelerator all year round makes it unlikely that the LHC will be beaten to the discovery of the Higgs boson, even after a serious fault forced a year-long shutdown, Lyn Evans, the project’s leader, told The Times.

The delay has raised the prospect that the Tevatron, a less powerful accelerator at Fermilab in Illinois, might be first to find the particle that is believed to give matter its mass. It has recently narrowed down the search and its scientists hope that they might find hints of the boson next year.

The decision to keep the LHC open over the winter, when atom smashers are usually closed down to avoid peak electricity charges, will make up for lost time and put CERN back in pole position, Dr Evans said. “This will give us a shot much earlier,” he said at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival . “I always wish Fermilab good luck, but they will have a hard job now. I’ve no doubt that they will publish more limits for the Higgs, but it’s going to be very hard for them to go much further. That’s a job for the LHC.”

via Video: Large Hadron Collider to run through the year in Higgs boson race – Times Online.

From wikipedia:

The Higgs boson is a massive scalar elementary particle predicted to exist by the Standard Model in particle physics. At present there are no known fundamental scalar particles in nature.

The Higgs boson is the only Standard Model particle that has not yet been observed. Experimental detection of the Higgs boson would help explain the origin of mass in the universe. More specifically, the Higgs boson would explain the difference between the massless photon, which mediates electromagnetism, and the massive W and Z bosons, which mediate the weak force. If the Higgs boson exists, it is an integral and pervasive component of the material world.

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva, which came online on September 10, 2008 is scheduled to become fully operational by late 2009, and is expected to provide experimental evidence either confirming or refuting the Higgs boson’s existence. An accident in September 2008 has the LHC temporarily out of commission; ongoing experiments at Fermilab continue previous attempts at detection (although hindered by the lower energy of the Fermilab Tevatron accelerator). It has been reported that Fermilab physicists suggest the odds of Tevatron detecting the Higgs boson are between 50% and 96%, depending on its precise mass.[1]

5 thoughts on “Video: Large Hadron Collider to run through the year in Higgs boson race

  1. almanahiel

    imbecils, people are dying, laying all over around, and this atheists are trying to find god itself through supa-dupa colider. There are more testing capabilities of this machine that’s understandable, but hey! ? You turned into this …it of machine youself. It’s the mirror of your personality. You’ll never find God on that way. God made a way for finding im, throgh pure Heart and Belief. Not through super-colider, funny guys.
    Anyway, God made them t2o, a Man and a Women.

    Thanks for efforts, but you ain’t helping me a bit.

    by-bye,

  2. Xeno Post author

    The scientists aren’t looking for God, Almanahiel. The “God particle” is just a name. The Higgs boson is sometimes referred to as “the God particle” because it would be a very important discovery, but it would not be the last mystery for physics. It would not explain gravity or the ultimate origins and early evolution of the universe.

  3. almanahiel

    What else You want to discover, maybe eternity ?
    My heart is painfull when trying to enter on a futile way. We don’t have anything against “science progress” when it’s in a concorde with human development. development in a sense of be born and long and prosper.
    all the machines and all the bodies you are in as i i’m momentarilly will be vanished. Then, what is left?

  4. almanahiel

    “God particle” is a name for human disbelief and disorientation.
    You are trying to jump over the wall and wall is too high. You jump over the wall and the next one is even higher.

  5. Xeno

    Almanahiel, you can’t fool me. I know from what you have said that YOU are the God particle.

    PS. WordPress is broken and I can’t post anything. I’ve alerted the help desk and hope they can get it fixed soon.

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