CERN accelerated protons to near the speed of light in opposite directions and crashed them into each other. They believe they have evidence that a Higgs boson was created. It was referred to as the "God particle" because it was believed in but had not been seen, and because it may be a fundamental organizing force.
PGroot, your explanation (while very simple) is essentially correct. Note that the suspected mass of this vexing particle is in the 7.002 GEV range hence the need for exceptional power to force the collision.
I am greatly encouraged that they have advanced the science of physics so markedly. I believe that this could result in a real breakthrough.
The curious coincidence that a European lab made their start toward scientific independence on America's Independence Day, I find rather encouraging. Perhaps it is not such a coincidence after all!
Nazmul Huda reports:The scientists of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), announced on July 04 last at separate press conferences in the UK and Geneva the success of the discovery of Higgs boson-like particle which is popularly known as God particle.
However, the scientists are not sure whether their discovered particles are Higgs boson particle (named after the British scientist Peter Higgs and a Bangali scientist Satyen Bose), or some other particles.
In 2010, CERN in an underground tunnel near Geneva, caused a mini Big-bang. An experiment was conducted for one nano second in the 27 kilometer tunnel with seven billion electron-volts. In the Higgs boson theory, it was indicated that the Higgs boson particle played the main role in creating the universe after the Big Bang.
It was opined that these particles only are responsible for mass creation and conveyance of force. Had the new particles not been discovered during this time, scientists would have started thinking of abandoning this theory and started rewriting text books. The new success turned the anxiety into encouragement.
ATLAS and CMS teams said their data suggested that the Higgs boson has a mass of about 125 gigaelectron volts (GeV)—about 125 times the mass of a proton, a positively charged particle in an atom's nucleus.
Please pardon the typo in the above post. I thought I said "127.002 GeV." Many apologies. Arthritic old fingers sometimes miss keys.
I am more than glad to accept your appraisal. W+/W-/Z bosons occur in the neighborhood of 80-91 GeV. These are monsters in the world of bosons but the Higgs is half again as massive. W+/W-/Z bosons have about the same mass as Bromine.
That puts this Higgs beast off the periodic table. However, I still find it credible. I would postulate that the Higgs is its own antiparticle but at this range of mass it could have lighter and heavier variants and multiple antiparticles.
All that is yet to be seen. I am glad to have been around long enough to see the discovery.
Rocmike you need help. After over 5 hours of posting under Ladydarko, Lady Aban and Joyce Peller you posted for over 7 straight hours under your Bill alias. Bill finally stops posting and you immediately follow that with your Tweek alias with some anonymous posts thrown in. You have over 14 straight hours of posting. All repeating the same thing over and over and going to old questions and answers no one has been on in a long time. Rocmike take a walk if you are allowed, watch some TV, read a book, do some thing. This is not normal behavior.
The mass is not off the Periodic Table - it comes in near Iodine.