Search for Higgs boson at an “exciting beginning”, Durham University expert says
The search for the Higgs boson is at a "very exciting and positive beginning", according to a Durham University physics expert.
Scientists working on two experiments - Atlas and CMS - at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), at CERN, in Geneva, today reported seeing hints of the Higgs boson at a similar mass, though they have not yet claimed a discovery.
The Higgs boson is a particle believed to give mass to other particles and is thought to be the missing piece of the Standard Model of physics, which explains how particles interact. Scientists believe it could be key to our understanding of the Universe.
Commenting on the findings put forward by scientists at the LHC, Professor Valentin Khoze, Director of the Institute of Particle Physics Phenomenology (IPPP), Department of Physics, Durham University, said: "This is really a very exciting beginning, a very positive beginning of the story.
"What today’s findings tell us is that we have narrowed down the field to where the Higgs boson could exist, but more detailed experimental evidence is needed.