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New results indicate that new particle is a Higgs boson

  1. Mar 14, 2013 #1

    Drakkith

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    This was released today so I'm not sure if most have seen it yet. It appears that "a" Higgs Boson is confirmed.

    http://home.web.cern.ch/about/updates/2013/03/new-results-indicate-new-particle-higgs-boson

     
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  3. Mar 14, 2013 #2

    dlgoff

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    To me, these detectors are works of art. Yea Standard Model.

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  4. Mar 15, 2013 #3
    Well, don't get too excited. Remember, the bigger they come, the harder they fall...
     
  5. Mar 15, 2013 #4

    dlgoff

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    That's mass for ya.
     
  6. Mar 15, 2013 #5

    strangerep

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    I used to get a bit concerned several years ago when people referred to CMS as "See-A-Mess".

    So great, how it's all turned out.
     
  7. Mar 15, 2013 #6
    Not sure whether it is good news or bad news...
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  8. Mar 15, 2013 #7
    Question from a non-physicist:

    Does the Higgs boson explain both aspects of mass, inertia and gravity, or only inertia?
     
  9. Mar 15, 2013 #8
    Gravity is not part of the standard model of particle physics, hence the Higgs is unrelated to gravity in this model(*). The Higgs boson describes inertia for elementary particles. Please note that most of the mass of ordinary everyday objects is not due to the Higgs (rather, it is "frozen energy" in the glue field of hadrons). Even worse, please remember that most of the mass in the universe is not "ordinary" (dark matter).

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    (*) you can in principle describe gravity with the same formalism as the standard model of particle physics, namely perturbative quantum field theory. However, this description fails at high energies (very high energies), so gravity is not part of the "standard" version.

    For future visitors : this thread used to be in the "general discussion", hence the above informal tone...
     
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  10. Mar 15, 2013 #9
    Thanks, Humanino.
     
  11. Mar 16, 2013 #10

    DrDu

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    Is there more material available than this short press release?
     
  12. Mar 16, 2013 #11

    Drakkith

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    No idea. I just saw this linked on facebook and decided to post it here.
     
  13. Mar 16, 2013 #12

    Bill_K

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    The papers presented at Moriond, especially the Thursday morning session.
     
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