Higgs boson could be ruled out as particle by the end of next year, says CERN boss

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Via “’God particle’ answer expected by end of 2012” (CBC News, Jul 25, 2011), we learn that “Recent possible glimpses of Higgs boson may be statistical errors”:

Scientists hoping to puzzle out how the universe began will find a long-sought theoretical particle — or rule out that it exists — by the end of 2012, the director of the world’s largest atom smasher predicted Monday.

The Higgs boson isn’t just any particle. It’s sometimes referred to as the “God particle” because it’s the linchpin of the Standard Model of particle physics theory that explains the Big Bang. The Higgs boson is believed to answer a fundamental question about why matter has mass, as the particle itself is thought to give mass to other particles, and, by extension, bigger objects in the universe.

Hmm. Many of us have been given to understand that the Big Bang was confirmed by readings of the cosmic microwave background and similar findings, and is  not subject to the test of discovering a Higgs boson:

Then in 1965 came an unexpected discovery. Two physicists at AT&T Bell Laboratories in New Jersey, Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson, accidentally discovered the cosmic microwave background (CMB). This is the background radiation that is assumed to be left over from the Big Bang. It spreads out as space expands in all directions, at a temperature just a little below three degrees above absolute zero., p. 19

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In 1990, NASA’s Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite made more accurate measurements. The atmosphere was tense as scientists gathered at the Goddard Space Flight Center near Washington, D.C., to hear the numbers read out. The numbers vindicated the Big Bang beautifully, … (p. 20)

By Design or by Chance?

Where then was the Higgs boson?

If the boson isn’t found, is the Big Bang in doubt? Or just the boson? The science commentariat’s response will tell us a lot about how they feel about the Big Bang.

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2 Replies to “Higgs boson could be ruled out as particle by the end of next year, says CERN boss

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    junkdnaforlife says:

    The higgs should not harm big bang cosmology. It will obviously throw a monkey wrench in the greatest accomplishment in physics in the past 30 years which is the standard model. Cosmic microwave background radiation speaks volumes on its own. What is interesting is that much of the new speculative physics may get ruled out.

    Last I checked the higgs is ruled out between 150-450GeV. So it is either a high mass or low mass. But essentially half of the playing field is gone, since the predicted signal range was about 115?-800GeV.

    If my I’m off on anything here, if anything has changed, jump and correct me.

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    Dov Henis says:

    Higgs Particle?

    Particle Physicists Report Possible Hints of Long-Sought Higgs Boson
    Experimenters with the Large Hadron Collider report curious excess of particles but claim no discovery

    Why Dark Matter And Energy YOK;t=667

    EmD versus Emc

    Dov Henis (comments from 22nd century)
    Singularity was all the energy-mass of the universe. At 10^-35 seconds since big bang, D was already a fraction of a second above zero. This is when gravity started. This is what started gravity. At this instance started the energy space texture, the straining of space texture, the space-texture-memory, gravity, that most probably will eventually overcome expansion and initiate impansion back to singularity, again. DH

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