Prtonons colliding produces energy (higgs bson) then decays into other mass particles

1. Jul 14, 2012

Abersman

so they take the total energy of thos decays particles like quarks and add them to see how much energy they have, eventyally after millions of collisions they would find out if there was a higgs particle there?
is this kind of correct?

2. Jul 15, 2012

Staff: Mentor

Re: prtonons colliding produces energy (higgs bson) then decays into other mass parti

Pretty much. The Higgs Boson decays quickly but can only decay into certain combinations of particles. By looking at the products of the collisions we are able to see which decays have happened and which particles have been produced, even though the initial heavy particles have already decayed before we could directly observe them.