Higgs Duality: Contradictory Results At LHC

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The latest data presented by scientists on Higgs boson shows that separate measurements of its properties are showing two slightly different masses.

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Truant Particles Dash Hopes of Clues to Supersymmetry from LHC

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While Sherlock Holmes might have stated that the absence of any evidence is evidence itself, theoretical physicists haven’t yet been able to find any inkling to confirm supersymmetry (SUSY), a theory which predicts that every Standard-Model particle has a heavier partner. The reason why SUSY is so important is because it would be a step forward towards a grand unified theory of particles and forces.

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Latest Data from Large Hadron Collider Gives No Inkling of New Physics

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In July, physicists at the Large Hadron Collider announced the discovery of a new particle that looked like the Higgs boson. This particle was never perfect; but based on the available data, it looked exactly what the Standard Model of Particle Physics predicted the Higgs would look like.

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CERN Announces Discovery of Higgs-Like Particle in the 125 GeV Range

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Too much fanfare, and a packed press room, CERN physicists announced in the early morning of July 4th the discovery of a new particle that behaves similarly to what is expected of the Higgs boson. Press release issued today by CERN

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Higgs Boson Might Have Been Discovered by LHC High Energy Physicists

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In the high energy physics community, rumor and speculation is rife that Large Hadron Collider scientists will announce the discovery of the Higgs boson during the International Conference on High Energy Physics, occurring in Melbourne, Australia, July 4 to 11.

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Is The Higgs Boson Trying To Sabotage The LHC?

Two physicists are speculating that the Higgs boson is trying to sabotage the Large Hadron Collider, by going back in time and messing it up so that the Higgs won’t be found. Sounds like science-fiction, but the researchers are quite serious.

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Fantastic images of the large hadron collider in Switzerland and France, which is almost completed. It looks extremely complicated.

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 27 kilometer (17 mile) long particle accelerator straddling the border of Switzerland and France, is nearly set to begin its first particle beam tests.

At a total cost of 10 billion dollars, the LHC is going to be used to smash particles together to search for the illusive Higgs boson. It’s presence has been predicted.

Another particle that physicists have been searching for is the graviton, which would be to gravity what a photon is to light. Finding the graviton would help the theories of general relativity and quantum mechanics.

Neutralinos are also particles that would be important to find. They are partly predicted by supersymmetry. Visible matter makes up 4% of the universe. 22% is made out of dark matter. The other 74% is made out of dark energy. Dark energy is the opposite of gravity, since it’s that force which pushes the universe to expand. Many physicists suspect that dark matter is made out of neutralinos.

What dark energy is, though, is a mystery. It is possible, just, that the properties of the Higgs boson will cast a little light on that mystery.

To find out more, consult the excellent article at the Economist about the LHC.