What are the latest search results for the Higgs boson

The search for traces of this particle, which must appear when protons collide at speeds comparable to the speed of light, is conducted at the very today’s powerful particle accelerator – a large hadron collider. It took eight years to build it in Switzerland and as many billions of dollars. It is not a single unit – on its basis there are several independent complexes that allow seven long-term experiments to be carried out simultaneously. Their goal is to obtain information about completely unknown or predicted in theory elementary particles by means of previously unavailable capacities. Each of the experiments has its own team of leading scientists, and the processing of the results is handled by thousands of physicists in training and research institutes scattered around the planet.

The most recent official news from the Higgs boson hunters came in the first numbers of July 2012. At the joint CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) seminar and ICHEP 2012 conference held in Melbourne, Australia, two research teams from seven. One of them runs on a compact muon solenoid – Compact Muon Solenoid – a hadron collider and therefore bears the name CMS. The other is called ATLAS (A Toroidal Large Hadron Collider Apparatus). Both are conducting purposeful searches for experimental confirmation of the existence of the Higgs boson and for 2011 and half of 2012 have accumulated experimental data that already allow you to do preliminary conclusions.

Physicists believe that the processed data proves the emergence, as a result of collision, of beams of protons in the hadron collider, of an unfixed previously elementary particle. The properties of this particle identified so far are stacked in the predicted parameters of the Higgs boson. Scientists are not yet ready to state unequivocally that it is the “god particle” that gave the initial impetus for the emergence of the universe. They plan to publish more complete data in the second half of this year, and research into these two and the other five experiments will continue.

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