Two experiments at the Large Hadron Collider have reached a level of certainty worthy of a “discovery” with regards to the existence of the Higgs boson. The particle is now believed to have a mass of 125-126 GeV. The confidence level is high according to the scientists involved; 4.9 sigma, which is a 1-in-2 million chance.
The evidence is piling up… everything points in the direction that the Higgs is there.
Prof Stefan Soldner-Rembold, University of Manchester
The ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN presented their latest results in the search for the long-sought Higgs boson. Both experiments have strong indications for the presence of a new particle, which could be the Higgs boson. Further analysis is needed to see if this particle is the Higgs we expect, or something more exotic. A full analysis should be available by the end of July.
Once the details of this new particle are sorted out, we will all be asking about supersymmetry. Will supersymmetry be the next big discovery in physics?