CERN continues the hunt for the Higgs

January 31, 2011
CERN continues the hunt for the Higgs

( -- It has just been decided that CERN will run for the next two years without a break. The Higgs could be within reach sooner than previously thought so all researchers are keen to continue the experiments in the LHC accelerator.

The Higgs is the particle that physicists are looking for with the experiments in the 27 km long subterranean at . According to the theories the gives all things mass and for decades researchers have been hunting for this particle, which is needed to describe the structure of nature.

The plan was that the experiments would continue through all of 2011 at an energy of 7 TeV (1 TeV is 1000 billion electron Volts) and then be shut down in 2012 to upgrade to full energy of 14 TeV.

"But now the Higgs is lying in wait and we may find it by running for a year at ’low’ energy, so we are going to try", explains particle physicist Rasmus Mackeprang, who has just received the news from the annual meeting in Chamonix, where CERN's leadership and researchers are taking stock and planning the course for the coming year.

The detailed plan also tells us that there will be more ‘proton packs’ in the . This increases the chances of a collision, where you can ‘smash’ the protons and get a look into the quark’s universe, where the Higgs is presumed to exist.

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2.3 / 5 (6) Jan 31, 2011
wtf that is lame, they would have stood a better chance of detection at 14 tev. Why wait?
4.6 / 5 (9) Jan 31, 2011
why do you assume that ?? they have already limited the range at which the Higgs could appear and that range has already been achieved --- more doesn;t always mean quality - it just means 'more' -- we aren;t actually searching for anything at those higher energy levels -- we are just observing what happens at those levels cause we haven't been able to do it before ... this is good science and a good use of money --- going for more power is nice and all but won't help here --- remember Fermi labs if it wasn't out of money stood just as good a chance if not better of finding the Highs as the LHC because of the limit of it's energy level.
5 / 5 (7) Jan 31, 2011
There is another issue to consider. Not only does it look like they are homing in on where the higgs should be at this energy, they run less of a chance of delays due to problems increasing the run energy. There would be considerable risk of faults, delays, and funding issues boosting the power. If they feel strongly that continuing without major changes has a good chance of success they should go that way. Once they have enough impacts to rule in or out the higgs at these levels, then they should take the chances involved in moving to the higher energies. Remember, these are presently the highest energy artificial collisions on Earth. They are increasing the number of collisions and gathering an amazing amount of information. I am very glad to see them taking these cautious steps forward. I look for this to be a faster, safer, and less expensive approach to finding the higgs.
1 / 5 (2) Jan 31, 2011
Does Higgs particle exist in space-time or it exists only an space and time is a numerical order of its motion ?
1.3 / 5 (6) Jan 31, 2011
What really is the Higgs field, is it a kind of aether?
3 / 5 (2) Feb 01, 2011
i know zip about all this but i'll bet they are getting higgs now but not at the levels/amounts? that make a announcement fool proof.that is to say the anti CERN fools could not dispute the findings.
5 / 5 (5) Feb 01, 2011
That's good news. I'm looking forward to the final results of the search for the Higgs. In some respects a negative result would be even more exciting than a positive one, as it would need a rethink of the standard model. A shakeup in physics is always a good thing.
not rated yet Feb 01, 2011
Enough said !!! like with: graviton,gravitino etc...
1 / 5 (1) Feb 03, 2011
Maybe we will have a new understanding of nature, the day the Higgs boson is discovered.
Perhaps the Higgs boson is the first particles of a whole new world of particles.
A world that will completely revolutionize the world of physics and to create an upheaval in both scientific and cultural community, like Coperniocus' change of the planetary system eventually created the Age of Enlightenment.
1 / 5 (2) Feb 05, 2011
Could we understand what Higgs boson look like and how it was created from Higgs field?
3 / 5 (2) Feb 05, 2011
Is anyone else annoyed that the article says "1000 Billion" insteat of 1 trillion?
not rated yet Feb 05, 2011
Is anyone else annoyed that the article says "1000 Billion" insteat of 1 trillion?
Me. They should have written "1 TeV is 1000 GeV". But even this is unnecessary as by now everybody got his TB harddisk.

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