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Is the hunt for the God Particle over ?

Posted on Sunday, 3 June, 2012 | Comment icon 24 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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CERN director Rolf Heuer has said that scientists will soon know if the God Particle exists or not.

With a verdict expected before the end of the year, the hunt for the elusive particle may be coming to its end with plans to turn off the Large Hadron Collider once a conclusion is reached. "If the Large Hadron Collider continues to work I know we have enough collisions to produce enough signals to identify the Higgs Boson," said Heuer. "We will know by the end of this year whether it exists or whether it is non-existent."

Discovery of the particle could open up a whole new chapter in physics and help scientists to understand the conditions that existed at the beginning of the universe. "This would be a huge discovery that after 50 years we are able to describe the visible universe," Heuer added.

"Scientists will know by the end of this year whether the so-called God Particle exists and the Large Hadron Collider will be switched off, according to Rolf Heuer, the director of CERN."

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Comment icon #15 Posted by WilliamW on 5 June, 2012, 21:38
Comment icon #16 Posted by Sumer on 5 June, 2012, 21:44
ahh... the ad hoc thingy
Comment icon #17 Posted by WilliamW on 5 June, 2012, 22:27
ad hoc Ad hoc for Ad hoc [sup] [/sup] Ad hoc ad hoc [url=""]static universe[/url] [url=""]dark energy[/url] [sup][url=""][2][/url] [/sup][url=""][/url]
Comment icon #18 Posted by Sumer on 5 June, 2012, 22:43
the Universe was always here since energy and matter and space are infinite in their existence , hence so is the Universe there is no first cause , there is no need , at all
Comment icon #19 Posted by Sumer on 5 June, 2012, 22:56
if the BB were true then somewhere in the Universe there is a point , an area of space , devoid of energy and matter, three dimensionally completely and absolutely
Comment icon #20 Posted by sepulchrave on 6 June, 2012, 0:08
No it doesn't. It represents a quantization of an as-yet hypothetical scalar field that imbues quarks, leptons, and weak nuclear force bosons with mass. Apart from the unfortunate name, it isn't really anymore exotic than, say, the photon (a quantization of a complex Abelian field that imbues quarks, leptons, and some bosons with electric charge) or the gluon (a quantization of a vector field that imbues quarks and other gluons with color). No, the big bang theory does not imply that at all.
Comment icon #21 Posted by WilliamW on 6 June, 2012, 0:49
Comment icon #22 Posted by sepulchrave on 6 June, 2012, 3:44
In as much as one can claim that the laws of cause and effect hold outside our Universe, I have no problem with your assertion. But what you speak of isn't anything that the LHC is looking for.
Comment icon #23 Posted by WilliamW on 6 June, 2012, 4:48

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