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Higgs boson – God particle

India is acknowledged for its contribution in understanding the formation of this earth. On 4 July 2012, the CMS and the ATLAS experimental collaborations at the Large Hadron Collider announced that they observed a new particle that is consistent with the Higgs boson, noting that further data and analysis were needed before the particle could be positively identified.

God particle – The Higgs boson or Higgs particle is a proposed elementary particle in the Standard Model of particle physics. The Higgs boson is named after Peter Higgs who, along with others, proposed the mechanism that predicted such a particle in 1964.

In particle physics, bosons are subatomic particles with integer spin (i.e., angular momentum in quantum-mechanical units of 0, 1, etc.) that are governed by Bose-Einstein statistics. The name boson was coined by Paul Dirac. He derived it from the surname of the Indian physicist, Satyendra Nath Bose, a contemporary of the German physicist Albert Einstein

The existence of the Higgs boson and the associated Higgs field explain why the other massive elementary particles in the standard model have their mass. In this theory, the Higgs field has a non-zero field everywhere, even in its lowest energy state. Other massive elementary particles obtain mass through the continuous interaction with this field (however, not all elementary particles have mass). The Higgs field interaction is the simplest mechanism which explains why some elementary particles have mass. The Higgs boson—the smallest possible excitation of the Higgs field—has been the target of a long search in particle physics. One of the primary design goals of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland—one of the most complicated scientific instruments ever built— was to test the existence of the Higgs boson and measure its properties.

Because of its role in a fundamental property of elementary particles, the Higgs boson has been referred to as the “God particle” in popular culture, although virtually all scientists regard this as a hyperbole. According to the Standard Model, the Higgs particle is a boson, a type of particle that allows multiple identical particles to exist in the same place in the same quantum state. Furthermore, the model posits that the particle has no intrinsic spin, no electric charge, and no colour charge. It is also very unstable, decaying almost immediately after its creation.

Dr. Anil Singhal

Higgs boson – God particle
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