On December 13 came the news that something exciting was beginning to show–perhaps a Higgs boson.
There are two questions: have the physicists found a new particle and, if so, is it the Higgs boson?
Twenty years from now the textbooks may say that December 13, 2011 was the day when the Higgs boson first announced its presence.
|Higgs boson |
A hypothetical, massive subatomic particle with zero electric charge. The Higgs boson is postulated to interact with other particles in such a way as to impart mass to them. It is predicted by the standard model, but has yet to be isolated experimentally. The Higgs boson is named after its discoverer, British theoretical physicist Peter Ware Higgs (born 1929).