What The Higgs Happened?


The scientific community was recently stunned by the announcement that the Higgs boson – said to be the agent that gives particles mass – has finally been discovered. Penangite Khoo Teng Jian, a PhD student and member of the Atlas (A Toroidal LHC Apparatus experiment) searching for super-symmetric particles at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), takes us through what just happened.

What did we discover?

The jury is still out! The measurements we have made have not yet achieved sufficient precision to say conclusively whether or not this is the Higgs. At the moment it's like waiting for your school bus in the middle of the monsoon season. Through the pouring rain, you see headlights, and eventually you see enough to be sure that it is a bus coming, but it has to get closer before you can see the number. We can't see the number yet, although the shape and size hint that it's the right bus.

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