Saturday, 23 June 2012

Higgs Discovery on the Horizon?

A CERN press release confirms what I think most people in the field expected:
CERN will hold a scientific seminar at 9:00CEST on 4 July to deliver the latest update in the search for the Higgs boson. At this seminar, coming on the eve of this year’s major particle physics conference, ICHEP, in Melbourne, the ATLAS and CMS experiments will deliver the preliminary results of their 2012 data analysis.
 If the hints of a Higgs that were seen in last year's data are true, it is likely that this seminar will serve to announce that fact.  This would be the first discovery of a new fundamental particle since the top quark in 1995, and would essentially justify the LHC.  Exciting times!  Of course, in some respects it would be more interesting if those hints are wrong and there is no Standard Model Higgs ...

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