Wednesday, 4 July 2012

New particle fits description of elusive Higgs boson, scientists say



The scientists outlined their final analysis based on research and particle collisions using the Fermilab Tevatron collider near Batavia, Illinois.
The scientists outlined their final analysis based on research and particle collisions using the Fermilab Tevatron collider near Batavia, Illinois.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Finding the Higgs boson would help explain the origin of mass
  • "We have reached a milestone in our understanding of nature," scientist says
  • The announcement is based on data from the Large Hadron Collider
(CNN) -- Scientists said Wednesday that they had discovered a new particle whose characteristics match those of the Higgs boson, the most sought-after particle in physics, which could help unlock some of the universe's deepest secrets.
"We have reached a milestone in our understanding of nature," said Rolf Heuer, the director general of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, which has been carrying out experiments in search of the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest particle accelerator.
"The discovery of a particle consistent with the Higgs boson opens the way to more detailed studies, requiring larger statistics, which will pin down the new particle's properties, and is likely to shed light on other mysteries of our universe," said Heuer.
Announcements by scientists about their analysis of data generated by trillions of particle collisions in the LHC drew avid applause at an eagerly awaited seminar in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday.
Finding the Higgs boson would help explain the origin of mass, one of the open questions in physicists' current understanding of the way the universe works.
CNN's Jethro Mullen and Atika Shubert contributed to this report.