Monday, May 26, 2008

Higgs boson

Scientists are hoping that the Atlas detector, which is one of six particle physics experiments part of the Large Hadron Collider, will help unlock some deep scientific mysteries and perhaps even lead to discovery of the Higgs boson.The Large Hadron Collider is located at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland.Physicists the world over are hoping that the Atlas detector would lead to the finding of Higgs boson, sometimes called “the God particle” because it is believed its discovery will refine the understanding of exactly how the universe came to be and how it functions, and how mass came to be in the first place.It could also lead to better understanding of the fourth fundamental force gravity in terms of particle interactions, and help solve the puzzle of why gravity, while perhaps most recognizable to a lay observer, is the weakest of the fundamental forces.

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