Science: “God particle” may have been discovered

Physicists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, linked to the United States Department of Energy, announced on Monday (07/07) that they found the strongest evidence so far of the existence of a subatomic body known as “Particle of God” or “Bson Higgs “. According to Reuters, the evidence came with by-products of the particle collision in the accelerator called the Tevatron. The track, however, still needs proof to prove it.

Since the same by-products of the collision that indicate the existence of the particle can also come from other subatomic particles, physicists can only exclude other explanations if they have a 550 to 1 confidence, that is, that there is less than 0.2% of chance that the rubble of the collision is not the Higgs son. By international agreement, the odds need to be closer to 0.14%.

On Wednesday (07/04), physicists at CERN, the particle accelerator laboratory located on the border between Switzerland and France, are expected to announce their own findings on the particle research.

What is Higgs Bson?

According to theories of physics, Higgs is a subatomic particle considered one of the basic raw materials of the creation of the universe. Unlike atoms, made of mass, the Higgs particles would have no element in their composition. They are important because they support one of the most accepted theories about the universe – the Standard Model, which explains how other particles obtained mass. According to this thesis, the universe was cooled after the Big Bang, when an invisible force, known as the Higgs Field, formed with associated particles, the Higgs Bsons, transferring mass to other fundamental particles.

The Higgs hunt is one of the reasons that led to the construction of the huge Hdron Collider (LHC) particle accelerator, from CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), in Switzerland. The particle was first spoken of in 1964, when six physicists, including Scots Peter Higgs, presented a theoretical explanation of the mass’s property. The Standard Model is an instruction manual for how the cosmos works, which explains how the different particles and forces interact. But the theory has always left a gap – unlike other fundamental particles, Higgs has never been observed by experiments.

Leave a Comment