Scientists move closer to proving existence of elusive Higgs boson

Scientists move closer to proving existence of elusive Higgs boson

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March 8, 2012

Scientists in the U.S. said this week they moved closer to proving the existence of the Higgs boson particle.

Researchers at Fermilab said that although the latest data does not conclusively prove that the Higgs boson – also known as the "God particle" – exists, it is nonetheless compelling. Rob Roser, a physicist at Fermilab, which is located outside of Chicago, said that he and fellow scientists who analyzed data from more than a decade of work were able to produce roughly 1,000 Higgs particles.

The Higgs boson is thought to supply mass to matter, and if scientists are able to definitively prove its existence, they would effectively complete Albert Einstein's theory of the universe, Reuters reports. Roser noted that the image of the Higgs boson the team was able to generate is not definitive, describing it as "fuzzy."

"Unfortunately, the hint is not significant enough to conclude that the Higgs boson exists," he said.

Europe and the U.S. have invested heavily in engineering research and development projects aimed at identifying the Higgs boson. The weight of Higgs particles isolated at Fermilab was consistent with findings researchers at CERN reported in studies conducted using the facility's Large Hadron Collider, bolstering hopes among scientists that the elusive particle does, in fact, exist.


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