‘God particle’ mystery to be solved by 2012May 18th, 2011 - 5:37 pm ICT by IANS
London, May 18 (IANS) The existence of the ‘God particle’ or ‘Higgs Boson’, named after the great Bengali physicist Satyendranath Bose, is expected to be resolved by the end of next year, scientists said Wednesday.
The Higgs boson is theoretically responsible for mass, without which there would be no gravity and no universe or anything measurable that exists on earth and elsewhere. Research for the God particle is going on in Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 27-km circular tunnel 100 metres below the French-Swiss border near Geneva.
Prof Rolf-Dieter Heuer, director general of Cern, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, which coordinates the LHC project, said he had now ‘officially’ told the team to ‘go into discovery mode’.
Cern scientists have predicted that within two years they will either find the Higgs Boson or show conclusively that it does not exist, according to the Daily Mail.
Dubbed the ‘Big Bang machine’, the LHC was built at a cost of around 2.6 billion pounds to recreate conditions a fraction of a second after the birth of the universe.
The machine, weighing more than 38,000 tonnes, accelerates streams of protons - the ‘hearts’ of atoms - close to the speed of light and smashes them into each other at unprecedented energies.
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