Higgs Boson May Be Found by Fall
Whether the Higgs boson exists could be settled by the end of summer, say Univ. of Michigan physicists involved in the search for the missing piece of particle physics’ Standard Model. “We’re zooming in,” says Jianming Qian, physics professor in the College of Literature, Science & the Arts. “We are increasing the data set and improving our search algorithms. With certain luck, we may be able to discover it this summer, but it depends on nature.”
Qian is one of the 28 U-M researchers involved in experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland. He’ll spend most of his time through August in Geneva, where more than 1,000 scientists from around the world have been looking for Higgs since the collider turned on about four years ago.
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