Scientists Raise Doubts About Higgs Boson Discovery, Say It Could Be Another Particle

Was all the Higgs hoopla a bit premature?

In a new paper that has raised eyebrows around the world, an international team of scientists say there is no proof that the particle whose discovery was confirmed last year by physicists at CERN is the long-sought Higgs boson.

“The CERN data is generally taken as evidence that the particle is the Higgs particle,” Dr. Mads Tourdal Frandsen, an associate professor in the University of Southern Denmark’s Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics Phenomenology and a member of the team, said in a written statement. “It is true that the Higgs particle can explain the data but there can be other explanations.”

The new research seems to piggyback on previous research suggesting that the Higgs boson is actually made up of smaller particles, UPI reported.

CERN’s data simply isn’t precise enough to prove the particle discovered was the Higgs boson, Frandsen said. And he’s not the only physicist to acknowledge the ambiguity in the data.

“The data from the LHC experiments are certainly consistent with the Higgs expectations of how it is produced and how it decays, as well as the spin of this particle,” Dr. Michael —> Read More Here


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