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Higgs Boson. Greatest scientific discovery of the century.

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UKboy

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At last looks like scientists have just laid the foundation to solve mysteries of the universe.

What a Higgs boson ?



Higgs boson-like particle discovery claimed at LHC

Cern scientists reporting from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have claimed the discovery of a new particle consistent with the Higgs boson.

The particle has been the subject of a 45-year hunt to explain how matter attains its mass.

Both of the Higgs boson-hunting experiments at the LHC see a level of certainty in their data worthy of a "discovery".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-18702455

Higgs boson: scientists 99.999% sure 'God Particle' has been found

Scientists believe they have captured the elusive "God particle" that gives matter mass and holds the physical fabric of the universe together.

  • Discovery of particle is most important in physics in decades
    Leading physicists watch announcement at CERN in Switzerland
    End of 40-year quest for 'missing' particle
    Last jigsaw piece that proves our view of universe is right
    'God Particle' gives particles that make up atoms their mass
    Prof Higgs, 83: 'I had no idea this would happen in my lifetime'


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2168557/Higgs-boson-Scientists-God-particle-40-year-search-momentous-day-science.html



Last edited by UKboy on Thu Jul 05, 2012 2:58 am; edited 1 time in total

UKboy

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sriranga

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JOEL GOLDSTEIN
SCIENTISTS at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern) announced yesterday that they have identified a new heavy particle with all the properties expected of the Higgs boson – first predicted to exist in the 1960s. This is not the first new particle that experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at Cern have discovered since operation began in 2009, nor (hopefully) will it be the last. So why has this result got physicists and others so excited? Why could this be one of the most significant advances in science in the last 40 years? And why did hundreds of thousands of non-scientists connect to the web (itself invented at Cern) to watch the announcement live?

The goal of particle physics is to understand the way that nature works at its most fundamental level: what are the basic building blocks of matter and how do they interact? In the 1960s and 70s, theoretical physicists developed an astoundingly successful standard model to describe everything known about fundamental particles, and the forces between them, and to make predictions that could be tested. Experimental physicists have been testing this model ever since. So far it has proved a highly accurate description of the way the universe works.

The Higgs boson was the only fundamental particle predicted by the standard model that had not been observed. If it has been discovered, it is confirmation that the theory is correct. But that is only part of the story. The Higgs boson is also a direct glimpse into the underlying structure of the theory, which other particles (like electrons or quarks) just do not provide. The work of Peter Higgs and his theoretical colleagues did far more than predict a new particle: it explained why basic forces (like electromagnetism) are the way they are, and why particles can have mass. This could be the first direct validation of our understanding of some very basic properties of the universe.

Physicists have spent 40 years looking for the Higgs boson. It was one of the main motivations for building the Large Hadron Collider. Now they must study the new particle carefully to really confirm whether its properties are those that were predicted. Any discrepancy could be the sign of a more fundamental, more powerful theory lying beyond our current understanding. The field of particle physics could be analogous to Christopher Columbus reaching America and not the Indies: instead of finishing the last chapter of the standard model, the discovery of the Higgs boson could be the opening of a whole new world for exploration.

This discovery will not bring cheaper energy or larger televisions, at least in the foreseeable future. Instead, it represents a triumph of human intelligence in understanding the secrets of nature, and demonstrates that thousands of scientists, engineers and technicians from across the globe can collaborate to produce a single, significant advance in knowledge. We understand more about the universe, and perhaps our place in it, than before.

Dr Joel Goldstein is a reader in physics at the University of Bristol and the Bristol CMS group leader. http://cms.web.cern.ch
Source:http://www.cityam.com/forum/the-higgs-boson-discovery-only-the-first-chapter

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Kithsiri

Kithsiri
Senior Vice President - Equity Analytics
Senior Vice President - Equity Analytics
Hope they will not blame something again like the previous occasion when they initially announced that some particles can travel faster than the Maximum (Cosmic) speed (speed of the Light) and insulting the Great Einstein and needing to re-write many theories again to later say that they were wrong and blame some unit in that tunnel. Very Happy

aj


Assistant Vice President - Equity Analytics
Assistant Vice President - Equity Analytics
@Kithsiri wrote:Hope they will not blame something again like the previous occasion when they initially announced that some particles can travel faster than the Maximum (Cosmic) speed (speed of the Light) and insulting the Great Einstein and needing to re-write many theories again to later say that they were wrong and blame some unit in that tunnel. Very Happy

They have made sure none of the people from Sri Lankan universities are employed for making calculations.

Whitebull


Assistant Vice President - Equity Analytics
Assistant Vice President - Equity Analytics
@aj wrote:
@Kithsiri wrote:Hope they will not blame something again like the previous occasion when they initially announced that some particles can travel faster than the Maximum (Cosmic) speed (speed of the Light) and insulting the Great Einstein and needing to re-write many theories again to later say that they were wrong and blame some unit in that tunnel. Very Happy

They have made sure none of the people from Sri Lankan universities are employed for making calculations.

Had they employed people from Sri Lankan universities for making calculations earlier ?

aj


Assistant Vice President - Equity Analytics
Assistant Vice President - Equity Analytics
@Whitebull wrote:Had they employed people from Sri Lankan universities for making calculations earlier ?

Oops, my mistake. If they start hiring people coming out of Sri Lankan universities, the lab would have been closed down from the beginning due to strikes.

Whitebull


Assistant Vice President - Equity Analytics
Assistant Vice President - Equity Analytics
@aj wrote:
@Whitebull wrote:Had they employed people from Sri Lankan universities for making calculations earlier ?

Oops, my mistake. If they start hiring people coming out of Sri Lankan universities, the lab would have been closed down from the beginning due to strikes.

Oops....I think you have done a mistake again

wis


Manager - Equity Analytics
Manager - Equity Analytics
@aj wrote:They have made sure none of the people from Sri Lankan universities are employed for making calculations.

Wrong. They don't hire sex offenders.
See http://forum.srilankaequity.com/t19536-who-is-running-our-system-from-economy-to-education

Kithsiri

Kithsiri
Senior Vice President - Equity Analytics
Senior Vice President - Equity Analytics
@wis wrote:Wrong. They don't hire sex offenders.
See http://forum.srilankaequity.com/t19536-who-is-running-our-system-from-economy-to-education
The most unfortunate situation is that when such issues are highlighted, the people who brought them to fore are branded Unpatriotic.

Some years back, one of my lady teacher friends told me that she was surprised to see one of the most notorious guys at the Teaching College as far as ragging and harassing lady teachers were concerned during her time now heads one of the departments in the Education ministry.

He has not changed a bit she says but instead of only having the seniority then now he has given a position and a Tie to harass ladies more. Shocked

Whitebull


Assistant Vice President - Equity Analytics
Assistant Vice President - Equity Analytics
The most unfortunate thing is some poeple try to exagerate the actual situation....It will not solve this problem.

UKboy

UKboy
Senior Vice President - Equity Analytics
Senior Vice President - Equity Analytics
@Kithsiri wrote:Hope they will not blame something again like the previous occasion when they initially announced that some particles can travel faster than the Maximum (Cosmic) speed (speed of the Light) and insulting the Great Einstein and needing to re-write many theories again to later say that they were wrong and blame some unit in that tunnel. Very Happy

Yes thats right.

However if they can confirm the results 100% , then this would definitely b the greatest scientific finding in the century. They are going to perform more tests during next two years in this test site near Swiss-France boarder.

I think scientists will take at least another 30, 40 years to solve most of the existing major mysteries of universe. Perhaps longer than that

Kithsiri

Kithsiri
Senior Vice President - Equity Analytics
Senior Vice President - Equity Analytics
@Whitebull wrote:The most unfortunate thing is some poeple try to exagerate the actual situation....It will not solve this problem.
I agree & that process is like adding salt to a meal.
Read any history and that is very much evident.
But not admitting that we have a big problem is not part of the solution either but only masking it.
Admitting that we got a big problem is the very starting point.

14Higgs Boson. Greatest scientific discovery of the century. Empty The discovery of ‘God particle’ Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:41 pm

sriranga

sriranga
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By Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which cost 4.75 billion dollars to construct, consists of a 17 mile long donut shaped tube buried 330 ft deep under the Swiss/French border near Geneva. Within this giant tube, supercooled magnets accelerate charged particles to speeds approaching the speed of light. Collisions between streams of high energy particles (protons) will, it is hoped, eventually provide evidence of the ultimate building blocks of matter. The LHC has been in operation since August 2008. The total cost of the entire project up to the time when the discovery of the Higgs boson was announced stands at a staggering 13.25 billion dollars.

According to the so-called "standard model" of particle physics the Higg’s boson, the most fundamental building block of matter, came into existence within a trillionth of a second of the Big Bang origin of the Universe, 13.7 billion years ago. It is the heaviest of all the fundamental particles that have been predicted theoretically, but because it decays so incredibly fast its existence had proved difficult to confirm.

The Higgs boson has a mass equal to 130 times that of the hydrogen atom, and it interacts with other fundamental particles to endow them with mass (weight). Without the gift of mass from the Higg’s particle, ther particles will not be able to bind together to form atoms, molecules, stars, planets and even life. Without the Higg’s boson we would not exist: that is why it has been called the ‘God particle’.

The quest for the fundamental building blocks of the Universe has history stretching over thousands of years. The key question relates to what happens if we break up a piece of matter, say a rock, into smaller and smaller bits. Beyond a certain point the bits would become invisible to the naked eye, but we can still imagine further divisions under, say, the most powerful microscope. Where does the division process stop?

The word atom is derived from the Greek a-tomos meaning not divisible. The pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Democritus (460BC-370BC) argued that ultimate indivisible units of matter exist, and these he called atoms. The indivisible atoms were thought to move in space and combine into various forms and structures to make up everything we see around us. Democritus’ views appeared to have been fully vindicated in the early nineteenth century when John Dalton (1766-1844) showed that the division of matter leads to atoms or elements such as hydrogen, carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorus, silicon, iron, silver……each with characteristic atomic weights and properties. Combinations of these atoms produce substances with distinctive properties like rock, water, and life.

The sequential division process envisaged by Democritus did not stop with Dalton’s atoms, however. In the 19th and early 20th Centuries atomic physicists—notably J. J. Thomson (1856-1940) and E. Rutherford (1871-1937)—began the next major scientific revolution that led to theories of atomic and nuclear physics – exploring matter at ever deeper levels. Atoms such as uranium were smashed to reveal smaller units – electrons, protons, neutrons – and these were believed for a while to be the ultimate indivisible units of matter. It was the smashing the atom that led to the discovery of the atom bomb, and on the more positive side, to the invention of nuclear energy from which a large fraction of the world’s power is currently derived.

But, the attempt to go further down on the scale of smallness – below electrons, protons, neutrons - continued. The standard theory of fundamental particles that is currently in vogue was developed in the 1960s. According to this theory we have two broad classes of fundamental particles called fermions and bosons. The fermions (a total of 48 particles called quarks and leptons) may be thought of as matter particles. The bosons (a total of 13 which includes the Higg’s boson) may be thought of as force-carrying particles. The Higg’s particle was a theoretical prediction made by Professor Peter Higgs at the University of Edinburgh in 1964. Higg’s argued that its existence was necessary in order that mass is conferred on all other particles.

The Large Hadron Collider, located near Geneva, has accelerated protons to speeds close to the speed of light, and thus caused them to collide with each other in conditions that mimicked those that existed close to the Big Bang. The recent announcement reports the discovery of tracks of the extremely short-lived Higg’s boson, after sifting through enormous amounts of data using the fastest supercomputers. If this discovery is confirmed, it surely marks an important milestone in our understanding of the physical universe and, indeed, of our own origins.

In our modern money-oriented society it is often asked: Of what use is this or that discovery? How will it lead to a better life for the vast majority of humanity? Answers can only be given in an historical context. Humans appear to have an innate and insatiable curiosity to probe the world in which they live; it is an integral part of human nature. Societal benefits that accrue from such activity tend, in general, to be long term. It is worth noting that everything we take for granted in our modern technological world derives ultimately from discoveries that, at the outset, seemed of little or no relevance to society. When the 19th century pioneer of electromagnetism, Micheal Faraday (1791-1867), was asked by Prime Minister Gladstone what use his discovery would be, his response was: "I haven’t got a clue, but I tell you this, Mr. Gladstone, one day you will tax it."

Whether discovering the Higgs particle will produce taxes in the future remains to be seen – but we should reflect on the fact that without the Higgs particle life would not have come into being.


*Professor at Cardiff University; Honorary Professor and Director of the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology at Buckingham University, UK
http://island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=56299

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aj


Assistant Vice President - Equity Analytics
Assistant Vice President - Equity Analytics
I was wondering what are the discoveries made by Sri Lankan universities? Other than torturing methods even Hitler would not thought of?

gann

gann
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Senior Manager - Equity Analytics
Space and time is not objective.Can not touch or has volume.Its a maya that consciousness creates. To understand universe u have to look deep within your consciousness. (The creator of this Maya. )Just because you see a depth inside a mirror does that depth really exist?A mirror is just a supper thin plate.

By the way they did not find this so called Hoggs Boson. The big bang no longer valid since they could not find the ellusive Boson Idea Idea Idea

An News article reads..
After decades of careful experiment, physicists say they have found the "strongest indication to date" to prove the existence of the Higgs boson -- a subatomic particle so important to the understanding of space, time and matter that the physicist Leon Lederman nicknamed it "the God particle."

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/higgs-boson-evidence-god-particle-reported-fermilab-physicists/story?id=16695742#.T_pwgfVE6eY

In laymen terms what this means is...
Yes we spent $10 Billion and counting and we could not find it. But we are making progress. but we need more of ur tax money please. Media is happy to oblige.

K.Haputantri

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@gann wrote:Space and time is not objective.Can not touch or has volume.Its a maya that consciousness creates. To understand universe u have to look deep within your consciousness. (The creator of this Maya. )Just because you see a depth inside a mirror does that depth really exist?A mirror is just a supper thin plate.

By the way they did not find this so called Hoggs Boson. The big bang no longer valid since they could not find the ellusive Boson Idea Idea Idea

An News article reads..
After decades of careful experiment, physicists say they have found the "strongest indication to date" to prove the existence of the Higgs boson -- a subatomic particle so important to the understanding of space, time and matter that the physicist Leon Lederman nicknamed it "the God particle."

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/higgs-boson-evidence-god-particle-reported-fermilab-physicists/story?id=16695742#.T_pwgfVE6eY

In laymen terms what this means is...
Yes we spent $10 Billion and counting and we could not find it. But we are making progress. but we need more of ur tax money please. Media is happy to oblige.

You are partially correct gann. Ofcourse the 'time & space' can't be touched but the 'matter' can be seen and felt. They are looking into all the three. One fine day they might be successful.

gann

gann
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@K.Haputantri wrote:

You are partially correct gann. Ofcourse the 'time & space' can't be touched but the 'matter' can be seen and felt. They are looking into all the three. One fine day they might be successful.

You see and feel matter in your dreams too. Havent you seen any horror dreams(or cse index) that woke you up as if it was "real"

Talking of matter do you know atoms turn out to be 99.99999999% empty space? if you make the whole atomic nucleus to be the size of a kid's marble, the first electron shell would be positioned slightly more than two miles away. If the diameter of a marble is about half an inch, and the diameter of a baseball is about 2.9 inches then the baseball sized proton have an electron cloud with a radius of about 12 miles.

Yet matter seems and feels pretty solid dont they? Food for thought


Redbulls

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Physicists in Italy said last Wednesday that they are achingly close to concluding that what they found last year was the Higgs boson, the elusive 'God particle'. They need to eliminate one last remote possibility that it's something else. The long theorised subatomic particle would explain why matter has mass and has been called a missing cornerstone of physics.

With new analyses, scientists are closer to being certain they found the crucial Higgs boson. But they want to be 99.9 percent positive, said Pauline Gagnon, a physicist with the European Center for Nuclear Research.

Last July, scientists with the world's largest atom smasher, the $10 billion Large Hadron Collider on the Swiss-French border, announced finding a particle they described as Higgs-like, but wouldn't say it was conclusively the particle. Now thousands of checks show them even closer.

"It looks more and more like a Higgs boson," said Gagnon after an update presented at a conference in the Italian Alps.Gagnon compared finding the Higgs to identifying a specific person. This looks, talks, and sings like a Higgs, but scientists want to make sure it dances like the Higgs before they shout "Eureka."

- AP
http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2013/03/10/new40.asp

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