'God Particle' Expected to Be Found Soon

Apr 08, 2008 By ALEXANDER G. HIGGINS, Associated Press Writer
'God Particle' Expected to Be Found Soon (AP)
Emeritus professor at the University of Edinburgh, British Peter Higgs, speaks during a press conference on the sideline of his visit to the European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN, on April 7, 2008 in Geneva. Higgs is best known for his theory explaining the origin of mass of elementary particles in general and the Higgs Boson in particular. CERN is expected to put into service in the summer 2008 the massive Large Hadron Collider LHC, the largest scientific instrument ever made which will determine the existence of the Higgs Boson. (AP Photo/Keystone, Fabrice Coffrini)

(AP) -- The father of a theoretical subatomic particle dubbed "the God particle" says he's almost sure it will be confirmed in the next year in a race between powerful research equipment in the United States and Europe.



Content from The Associated Press expires 15 days after original publication date. For more information about The Associated Press, please visit www.ap.org .

Explore further: New terahertz device could strengthen security

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

How photosynthesis changed the planet

27 minutes ago

Two and a half billion years ago, single-celled organisms called cyanobacteria harnessed sunlight to split water molecules, producing energy to power their cells and releasing oxygen into an atmosphere that ...

Taming the Boltzmann equation

28 minutes ago

Physicists at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany, have developed a new algorithm that is capable of solving the Boltzmann equation for systems of self-propelled particles. The new method also ...

Tomorrow's degradable electronics

29 minutes ago

When the FM frequencies are removed in Norway in 2017, all old-fashioned radios will become obsolete, leaving the biggest collection of redundant electronics ever seen – a mountain of waste weighing something ...

Recommended for you

New terahertz device could strengthen security

Nov 21, 2014

We are all familiar with the hassles that accompany air travel. We shuffle through long lines, remove our shoes, and carry liquids in regulation-sized tubes. And even after all the effort, we still wonder if these procedures ...

CERN makes public first data of LHC experiments

Nov 21, 2014

CERN today launched its Open Data Portal where data from real collision events, produced by experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will for the first time be made openly available to all. It is expected ...

New technique allows ultrasound to penetrate bone, metal

Nov 20, 2014

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a technique that allows ultrasound to penetrate bone or metal, using customized structures that offset the distortion usually caused by these ...

User comments : 4

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

TimESimmons
5 / 5 (1) Apr 08, 2008
I hope that's just a very poor analogy - not the basis of the theory! Inertia is nothing like passing through molasses!
jrmontag
1 / 5 (1) Apr 08, 2008
did anyone else find it amusing that this article was written by Alexander HIGGins? :)
out7x
1 / 5 (1) Apr 10, 2008
Mass is defined by string vibration energy. Higgs explains the weak force(not even mentioned in this poorly written article).
Ragtime
not rated yet Apr 10, 2008
The Higgs boson explanation of particle mass is quite dubious. We should realize, the real Higgs mechanism just increases the particle mass, but it doesn't create it from scratch at all. The true source of mass remains the inertial environment itself.

http://superstrun...iggs.gif

This doesn't mean, in vacuum foam some analogy of Higgs mechanism cannot manifest itself, because the quantum foam is somewhat simmilar to lattice in solid state - but to assume, the Higgs boson is the true source of particle mass is quite naive. Because the vacuum foam is recursivelly nested, we should expect the observation of whole family of Higgs bosons, in fact.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.