What does it mean if, as all the buzz is saying, the scientist at CERN confirm the finding of the Higgs Boson and the Standard Model is complete?
I went to the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland earlier in the year and this was one of the questions I asked. The answer: “they build a new particle collider!”.
The new collider would be a straight line and would study the Higgs Field (name subject to change) interactions with other particles that give them their mass. Some particles are bigger and plodge their way through the field. Other particles, such as photons, glide through effortlessly. The effects of the interactions with the Higgs field define how each particle can interact with other, which decides what kind of physical matter they become. Well, that’s my limited understanding of it.
I also asked another question to our guide who was obviously a some kind of genius and a professor of experimental physics at a top British university. The question I asked was: What do you, as a top phyicist, think created the Universe? Do you believe in a God?
His answer, which was given with a kind of bored and almost sympathetic look (poor dum mere mortal) was (and I am both dimming and paraphrasing down): “It’s funny that the amount of energy and dark energy (it might have been matter or anti-matter, I can’t remember) in the universe is exactly equal, and so the Universe could have been caused by a random fluctuation”.