Hints of Higgs Boson Seen at LHC—Proof by Next Summer?
"God particle" could be found or disproved in 2012, expert predicts.
Speaking today at a public seminar at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, scientists with the LHC's ATLAS and CMS experiments presented data showing that the Higgs boson—if it exists—likely has a mass of around 125 gigaelectron volts (GeV), the unit of mass used by particle physicists.
"We have restricted the most likely mass region for the Higgs boson to 116 to 130 GeV, and over the last few weeks we have started to see an intriguing excess of events in the mass range around 125 GeV," ATLAS spokesperson Fabiola Gianotti said in a statement.
"This excess may be due to a [random] fluctuation, but it could also be something more interesting. We cannot conclude anything at this