'God particle' search may have ended, with help from the U of M
For more than 20 years, physicists have been preparing a search for the Higgs boson -- the theoretical particle that gives mass to the basic building blocks of matter, and the final missing ingredient of the Standard Model of particle physics. Because it could answer so many crucial questions for scientists, it has been nicknamed the "God particle."
U of M researchers, grad students, and undergrads have been very involved in the experiment since 1993 and played a major role in the design and construction of the CMS detector, also used in these experiments.
Rusack says he and the U of M team are extremely excited about the "highly probable" discovery of the new particle, and that if it is indeed the Higgs boson, the next step is to continue taking data. Beyond that, it will be figuring out why the particle has the mass that it does.
In case you want to geek out and learn more about the science behind the Higgs boson and its possible discovery, here is a video:
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