Large Hadron Colliders discovery of God particle would be no big deal, says scientist

September 12th, 2008 - 2:20 pm ICT by ANI  

Canberra, September 12 (ANI): An Australian scientist has said that if the Higgs boson, which is referred to as the God particle in cosmic science, is not found in the mega-experiment of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), it would be no big deal.

According to a report by ABC News, Dr Aldo Saavedra, a particle physicist at the University of Sydney, made the comment.

The LHC is the worlds largest and the most powerful particle accelerator, located near the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, Switzerland.

The first beam of photons was sent zooming at nearly the speed of light around the 17-mile-long underground circular path of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva on September 10.

Among other discoveries, scientists are hoping to find the Higgs Boson particle.

For decades scientists have theorised the existence of this particle, which explains how other particles acquire mass.

The Higgs boson is believed to produce a field that interacts with particles and gives them a property we interpret as mass, according to Dr Kevin Varvell, also of the University of Sydney.

In the absence of something like the Higgs boson, particles would all travel at the speed of light and be unretarded as they went through space, he said.

But Saavedra doesnt care much for Higgs bosons.

Its not much fun if you actually go and look for something that theories have been predicting for the last 10 years, he said.

Im hoping for something completely different. It would be really nice if nature actually provided some very puzzling thing that theories havent actually thought of, he added.

Similar views are shared by renowned British astrophysicist Professor Stephen Hawking, who has bet a sum of 100 dollars that the LHC experiment would not find the Higgs boson.

I think it will be much more exciting if we dont find the Higgs. That will show something is wrong, and we need to think again, he said.

As well as looking for Higgs bosons, Saveedra said that he hopes to use ATLAS to collect evidence of dark matter, and other challenging theories.

Im also looking forward to finding extra dimensions because I think that would be really cool, he said. (ANI)

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