Higgs A Mirage? Some Scientists Say So

The Daily Mail records that some scientists think the Higgs is still a fantasy:


Is the ‘God particle’ an impostor? Scientists claim signal found in Large Hadron Collider may not be Higgs after all
‘Uncertainty’ over signal detected at CERN
Particle could instead be ‘impostor’, claim Cornell scientists
CERN scientists to analyse data further
PUBLISHED: 12:24 EST, 10 July 2012 | UPDATED: 02:08 EST, 11 July 2012
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In a paper published this week, Ian Low, Joseph Lykken and Gabe Shaughnessy of Cornell have cast doubt on what exactly was detected within the Hadron Collider
Signals detected from the Large Hadron Collider were hailed as conclusive proof that the ‘God particle’ – the Higgs boson – had been found after a quest spanning nearly five decades.
A week after the discovery of a particle, believed to be the elusive particle, scientists at Cornell University have said they are not so sure.
In a paper published this week, Ian Low, Joseph Lykken and Gabe Shaughnessy of Cornell have cast doubt on what exactly was detected within the Hadron Collider.
‘The new resonance discovered by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at the CERN
Large Hadron Collider (LHC) could be the long-sought Higgs boson of the Standard Model,’ say the scientists.
But the researchers point out that it’s far from certain that the particle is the ‘standard model Higgs’ which scientists have sought for decades to fill in the ‘gaps’ in the model of physics we currently use to explain the universe.
‘We show that current LHC data already strongly disfavor both the dilatonic and non-dilatonic singlet imposters.
‘On the other hand, a generic Higgs doublet and a triplet imposter give equally good fits to the measured event rates of the newly observed scalar resonance.’
The researchers advise caution – and say that ‘currently the uncertainties in these quantities are too large’ to make a definitive statement.
Scientists at CERN are also analysing the data further to see if their discovery corresponds to the ‘standard model’ Higgs boson – or to something more mysterious.
One of the reasons for the caution at Cern is that while the new particle has so far behaved liked the elusive Higgs boson it is lighter than expected.

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This opens up the possibility of there being more than one Higgs boson and could lead to a new understanding of dark matter, the mysterious substance thought to make up a quarter of the universe.
Professor Higgs, 83, wiped a tear from his eye as the findings were announced, and later said: ‘It’s really an incredible thing that it’s happened in my lifetime.’
Professor Tejinder Virdee, of Imperial College London, who helped lead one of the two teams of scientists behind the discovery, said: ‘This breaks the way to looking at a new vista in physics. It is a very exciting moment.’

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Professor Peter Higgs appeared to wipe away a tear after scientists at the Large Hadron Collider claimed to have discovered a particle believed to be the Higgs boson.

The Higgs boson’s role is to give the particles that make up atoms their mass. Without this mass, they would zip around the cosmos, unable to bind together to form the atoms that make stars and planets – and people.
Despite its fabled properties, the particle has eluded previous searches and not all scientists believed in its existence.
To try to pin it down, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva smashed together beams of protons – the ‘hearts of atoms’ – at close to the speed of light, recreating conditions that existed a fraction of a second after the Big Bang.
Theory has it that as the universe cooled after the Big Bang, an invisible force known as the Higgs field formed.
This field permeates the cosmos and is made up of countless numbers of tiny particles – or Higgs bosons.As other particles pass through it, they pick up mass.
In December last year scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) – the ‘Big Bang’ particle accelerator which recreates conditions a billionth of a second after the birth of the universe – revealed they had caught a first tantalising glimpse of the Higgs.
Since then they have sifted through vast quantities of data from innumerable high energy collisions in an effort to reduce the odds of being wrong.

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COMMENTS are good:

– Higgs Boson , Reisterstown, United States, 10/9/2012 22:54
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Baptists, Methodists, Scientists, Anglican/Episcopalians,…
A few days ago it was only one chance in billions that they had not discovered the Higgs particle. Now it appears the odds are down to around 50/50. This is like global warning science.
– Joseph Dewey , Boise, ID USA, 12/7/2012 19:12
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I wonder if science is even possible when huge sums of money are involved. Money tends to obfuscate truth.
– Rafael Espericueta , Bakersfield, California, 12/7/2012 16:09
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What they’ve found is a False God particle.
– Huskred , Ottawa Canada, 12/7/2012 16:01
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Don’t forget those (equally well trained/intelligent) scientists who aren’t religious adherents of the Standard Model and don’t believe in the existence of the Higgs. Nor all those pushed out of a science career due to lack of funding (much of the science budget goes to CERN and the dominant group’s way of thinking). Would smashing up a watch, and watching how the pieces fly off, tell you how it kept perfect timing?
– I Can See , LDN, 12/7/2012 11:28
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” science ” , more like sciencetism
– patrick , bedford, 11/7/2012 21:34
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Well, if it isn’t the Higgs Boson, then what is it? More research is required. If it is found that the mass of the Higgs is wrong, it could lead to a rewrite of the Standard Model. Worse; there are theories that state quantum physics is wrong – that we’ve been barking up the wrong tree. Who knows? It certainly makes me curious :)
– Greg , Lexington, OH, USA, 11/7/2012 20:50
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It’s Mrs Higgs, wife to the Higgs Boson, the search for Mr Higgs is on. The child Higgs Boson Jnr will be born from the union of Mrs Higgs and Mr Higgs.
– Snowybear , UK, 11/7/2012 18:40
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I thought as much when the news was released but it’s a very brave man who can stand against the tide and point to the Emperor’s new clothes. I suspect the ‘discovery’ at CERN was, as it’s presenter declared, ‘well timed’ purely because their funding was due to run out. I’m a wave theorist and believe this embarrassing mistake will prove to be the largest scientific human failure in history, along with that hideous ‘Standard Model’.
– Ralph , Farnham, Surrey, 11/7/2012 16:41
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