Dr Malcolm Fairbairn, King’s College London, has talked about the recent search and signs of the elusive Higgs Boson the ‘God Particle’, this could be one of the great scientific discoveries helping to establish the origins of our universe.
He said that although the find was very exciting it will not be for many decades that the discovery will be used in any form but it will help to explain the forces of nature and the unifying of these forces, something which had eluded even Einstein.
Subatomic workings of nature
Scientists working at the Cern supercollider have witnessed strong hints that the Higgs Boson exists, but they have also revealed that a real tangible discovery will not come until after 2012. The reason so much relevance is being given to the Higgs Boson is because it is thought to explain the subatomic workings of nature.
In a seminar physicists Fabiola Giannotti and Guido Tonelli were given round of applause by many hundreds of other scientists as they put light on the evidence that was discovered for the particle which was spotted amongst the debris of hundreds of trillions of proton collisions.
The Large Hadron Collider at Cern is really coming into its own, allowing scientists from across the world to really get to grips with their subject and allowing them to prove or disprove scientific finds which the science world and real world have been built around.
The God particle was first hinted at in the mid-1960s has become the most sought after prize in particle physics and its discovery will set the scientific world alight, as it will stand up amongst the most important scientific finds and advances during the past century. It will also reveal and confirm the way in which elementary particles are able to acquire their mass.
At present the Higgs Boson has only been seen very quickly and it is expected that more research and specific work towards the ‘God Particle’ will be required which has been planned for next year.
The Large Hadron Collider cost £10 billion and the mere hint that the Higgs Boson is about to be found has been a major feather in the cap of the supercollider.
The Higgs Boson is the signature particle of a theory which was published in 1964 by a collection of six physicists all within a few months of each other. The first to highlight the theory which called for the existence of the missing particle was Peter Higgs who was at Edinburgh University.