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Italian Scientists May Have Glimpsed God Particle

Experiments at CERN Have Narrowed Search for Higgs Boson

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Alessia Pirolo

America24, 13 dicembre 2011, 11:10

Italian-led independent teams of scientists at the CERN physics research center in Gevena announced on Tuesday that they have found signs of the "God particle.” Higgs boson, a sub-atomic particle, is believed to be a basic building block of the universe.

Over 40 years ago, British physicist Peter Higgs and others theorized the particle's existence to explain why atoms, and everything else in the universe, have weight. Now, for the first time, scientists have narrowed down research to define the region where the sub-atomic particle is likely to be discovered, but they clarify that they had found no conclusive proof of its existence yet . The leaders of two experiments, ALTAS and CMS, revealed their findings to a packed seminar at CERN.

Fabiola Gianotti, the particle physicist in charge of the ATLAS experiment, the biggest detector ever built at a particle collider, said that ATLAS had narrowed the search to a signal centered at around 126 GeV (Giga electron volts).

"I think it would be extremely kind of the Higgs boson to be here," she said during the seminar, as reported by Reuters. "But it is too early" for final conclusions, she said. "More studies and more data are needed. The next few months will be very exciting...I don't know what the conclusions will be."

Afterward, Guido Tonelli, lead physicist for the CMS experiment, outlined findings similar to those of the ATLAS team, saying the particle is most likely found "in the low mass region" of the collider.

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