Scientists at CERN in Switzerland have confirmed that they have ‘glimpsed’ the elusive Higgs boson for the first time. But they have not yet confirmed its existence, even if results so far suggest that they are on the right track.
Physicists Fabiola Gianotti and Guido Tonelli told colleagues on Tuesday that they have discovered evidence for the particle in the debris of hundreds of trillions of proton collisions generated at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva, Switzerland.
The Higgs boson has long been postulated but, until now, no evidence had been found for its existence. Work will continue into 2012 as physicists at CERN attempt to gain a better understanding of what they have discovered. The existence of the Higgs boson is indicated by the current dominant model of physics, and to discover the particle would go a long way towards validating that model.