Higgs boson may unlock the universe’s most exotic mysteries
Al Jazeera — Now that we’ve “found” the Higgs boson, what are we going to do with it?
Actually, physicists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) near Geneva, Switzerland, still have a lot of work to do before the Higgs is fully explored and its properties measured. After all, as the lead scientists of the CMS and ATLAS detectors of the LHC half-cautioned at the historic July 4 announcement, they’ve seen a preliminary signal in their data that suggests they’ve found a boson at around the predicted energy for a standard Higgs boson.
But what if another, unpredicted particle is parading as a Higgs boson? What if there’s a whole family of Higgs’? But most importantly, does this mean physics can pack up its textbooks and declare victory over space and time? The Standard Model of physics appears to be complete; no need to build any more expensive particle accelerators!