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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Higgs boson still missing, but we have new particle


Credit: CERN

Scientists still looking for the Higgs Boson, and they have just found the LHC's first new particle: Chi-b 3P.
It's actually another type of boson — an excited version of the Chi particles already seen in other collision experiments. This particles are made up of a 'beauty quark' and a 'beauty anti-quark', which are bound together. The way that the two quarks are held together reveals more information about the strong nuclear force — and that should help in identifying the Higgs boson. Prof. Roger Jones, who works on the Atlas detector at the LHC, told to BBC:
"The better we understand the strong force, the more we understand a large part of the data that we see, which is quite often the background to the more exciting things we are looking for, like the Higgs. So, it's helping put together that basic understanding that we have and need to do the new physics."
More in arXivBBC, The Verge, Gizmodo.


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