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Higgs boson: scientists 99.999% sure ‘God Particle’ has been found

July 4, 2012

Scientists believe they have captured the elusive “God particle” that gives matter mass and holds the physical fabric of the universe together.

 A graphic showing traces of two high-energy photons measured at Cern - A quantum leap

A graphic showing traces of two high-energy photons measured at Cern Photo: GETTY
 

The historic announcement came in a progress report from the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator.

Professor John Womersley, chief executive of the Science and technology Facilities Council, told reporters at a briefing in London: “They have discovered a particle consistent with the Higgs boson.

“Discovery is the important word. That is confirmed. It’s a momentous day for science.”

Scientists say it is a 5 sigma result which means they are 99.999% sure they have found a new particle.

Finding the Higgs plugs a gaping hole in the Standard Model, the theory that describes all the particles, forces and interactions that make up the universe.

Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/9374758/Higgs-boson-scientists-99.999-sure-God-Particle-has-been-found.html

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