Particle physics won’t die – even if the LHC doesn’t find new particles

An illustration of events recorded in 2012 with the CMS detector shows features expected from the decay of a Higgs boson (dashed yellow lines) to a few photons (green towers).Credit: Thomas McCauley/CMS Collaboration Ten years ago, on July 4, 2012, scientists around the world celebrated the momentous news that researchers had found evidence supporting the … Read more

Happy Birthday, Higgs boson! What we do and don’t know about the particle

On July 4, 2012, physicists at CERN, the European Laboratory of Particle Physics, declared victory in their long search for the Higgs boson. The discovery of the elusive particle filled the last gap in the Standard Model – the best description of particles and forces by physicists – and opened a new window on physics … Read more

10 years after the discovery of the Higgs boson, physicists still can’t get enough of the ‘God particle’

Ten years ago, jubilant physicists working on the world’s most powerful science experiment, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, announced the discovery of the Higgs boson — a particle scientists had been searching for since 1964, when its existence of it was first predicted. † “For particle physicists, the Higgs boson was the missing … Read more

10th anniversary of the discovery of the Higgs boson: what have we learned from the ‘God particle’?

The discovery of the Higgs boson in July 2012 forms the basis for the existence of all elementary particles in our universe.  Shown above is a visualization of an event registered with the CMS detector at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.  It shows the characteristics expected from the decay of the SM Higgs Boson to a few photons

Many Americans are celebrating the nation’s birthday today, but physicists and science nerds are also celebrating the tenth anniversary of the discovery of the Higgs boson — otherwise known as the “God particle” — on July 4. You may not be familiar with physicist Peter Higgs, who first predicted the existence of the new particle … Read more

10th anniversary of the discovery of the Higgs boson: what have we learned from the ‘God particle’?

The discovery of the Higgs boson in July 2012 forms the basis for the existence of all elementary particles in our universe.  Shown above is a visualization of an event registered with the CMS detector at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.  It shows the characteristics expected from the decay of the SM Higgs Boson to a few photons

Many Americans are celebrating the nation’s birthday today, but physicists and science nerds are also celebrating the tenth anniversary of the discovery of the Higgs boson — otherwise known as the “God particle” — on July 4. You may not be familiar with physicist Peter Higgs, who first predicted the existence of the new particle … Read more

Physicists mesmerized by deepening the mystery of muon particle magnetism

Fermilab’s Muon g-2 experiment uses this circular electromagnet to store muons so that their magnetic moment can be measured with unprecedented precision.Credit: Brookhaven National Laboratory/SPL The mysteries of the muon continue to fascinate physicists. Last year, an experiment suggested that the elementary particle had an inexplicably strong magnetism, potentially breaking a decades-long series of victories … Read more

Upgraded particle accelerator can reveal new details about the fabric of reality

Faster, better, stronger. A new phase of operations at the Large Hadron Collider – the world’s largest particle accelerator – is slated for a few weeks, just a day after the 10th anniversary of its greatest achievement to date: the discovery of the long-sought Higgs boson. The reopening of the accelerator (it has been closed … Read more

Physicists discover never-before-seen particle on tabletop

Researchers have discovered a new particle that is a magnetic relative of the Higgs boson† While the discovery of the Higgs boson required the enormous particle accelerating power of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), this never-before-seen particle — dubbed the axial Higgs boson — was found using an experiment that would fit on a small … Read more