For years, scientists have searched for a theoretical sub-particle known as the Higgs Boson. This substance is what it reported to give mass to all objects. In order to find the particle, scientists have to use particle accelerators to smash atoms together while analyzing their scattered debris. Last year, it was reported that researchers at CERN had discovered just that, but now others are saying that what they found was not actually the Higgs Boson particle.
CERN Particle Is Not Higgs Boson Researchers Say
The confusion was apparently caused by the unintentional discovery of some other form of matter. The particle that was observed in 2013 was something new that had not been discovered, but unfortunately was nowhere near as significant as the famed Higgs Boson particle. It was determined that this was not the piece of matter that lends mass to objects, though it did share some similarities. Research will need to continue at CERN in order to locate this particle or determine if it even exists.
CERN is the home of the Large Hadron Collider, which is the world’s largest particle accelerator. After opening in 2008, it has been the home of many experiments in particle physics. Scientists use the collider to send two atoms in opposite directions at sub-light speeds. When the articles finally collide on the other end of the 27km long tube they meet at a combined speed higher than the speed of light. For a brief moment, these tiny particles are smashed to pieces (much like 2 automobiles colliding head on at top speed). Bits and pieces of the atoms go flying out in all directions, which are captured in eectronic images and studied by scientists later.
The Higgs Boson particle is a subatomic particle that it theorized to be the source of the Higgs Field, a source of electromagnetic energy that gives all atoms a mass (Weight). The way that these Higgs fields interact with each other help lend to the science behind how gravity works as well. The Higgs Boson particle, though yet to be observed, is thought to be one of the most fundamental elements in particle physics. Since 1964, physicists have struggled to prove the particles existence. Though they can observe the effects of the identified particle, they have yet to knowingly single it out from any atom. Nobody has yet to see the actual particle itself.
CERN Particle Is Not Higgs Boson Researchers Say.