Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hangin' Out With CERN

The lobby at the CERN facility has a reactive floor that registers cosmic rays. -- Photo by Stephanie Stroud

During CERN's first live "open house" event, [held minutes ago - full video below]
I was one of the fortunate channel watchers to have a question answered:

covertress: Your website mentioned the possibility that the newly discovered heavy particle (Higgs boson?) might be "something more exotic" than the final piece in the Standard Model. What could be more exotic?

@covertress: Something more exotic would be a Higgs particle from a 'supersymmetric' theorie. Some of those theories have 4 Higgs bosons, which is a bit more exotic than just one.

What else could this boson be?

On 4 July 2012 the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN presented their latest preliminary results in the search for the long-sought Higgs particle. Both experiments observed a new particle in the mass region around 125-126 GeV.

The next step is to determine the precise nature of the particle and its significance for our understanding of the universe. Are its properties as expected for the long-sought Higgs boson, the final missing ingredient in the Standard Model of particle physics? Or is it something more exotic? Symmetry has more on what this Higgs-like particle could be.

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Related:  Higgs Boson: "I think we have it."