Particle physics field excited by potential Higgs boson discovery (+video)
Physicists around the world are thrilled at Wednesdays announcement of the discovery of a Higgs boson-like particle, which could complete the Standard Model of particle physics.
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Narain added in an email, "Our work is just beginning! It is a great leap for human kind and basic science."Skip to next paragraph
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"We have been propelled to the future of particle physics towards the understanding of the fundamental properties of our universe in its entirety," Caltech physicist Maria Spiropulu, who was in the audience at the LHC announcement, told LiveScience in an email.
Even Twitter was abuzz with terms such as #Higgs, #ICHEP2012, #CERN, Fabiola Gianotti and Joe Incandela (the names of the two scientists who presented the ATLAS and CMS findings, respectively) trending.
(To be certain they've made a true discovery and weren't just seeing a fluke, physicists need to reach a level of significance of 5 sigma, which means there is only a one in 3.5 million chance the signal isn't real. The ATLAS and CMS results reached sigma levels of 5 and 4.9, respectively.)
"The world might not change but my world (and that of a few others) certainly has," Randall tweeted.
"This is a crucial first step in understanding mass and gravity. We have a long, long way to go. But wow, what a step.#Higgs," tweeted @BadAstronomer Phil Plait, astronomer and author.
"We find it. WE FIND IT. Now I can cry #Higgs #Discovery," tweeted @marcodelmastro, Marco Delmastro, LHC physicist and ATLAS researcher.
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