Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Higgs Boson

Higgs Boson is a large scalar elemental particle that is the only remaining particle that has not be found as predicted by the Standard Model in particle physics. The Higgs boson would explain the difference between the massless photon, which mediates electromagnetism and the massive W and Z bosons, which mediate the weak force. The Large Haldron Collider at CERN came on line in Sept 2008 but was shut down due to an accident and is due to come back on line late 2009 or 2010. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Higgs_boson

http://www.lhc.ac.uk/ is the site for the Large Haldron Collider. This is what boys who liked to play bump em cars and watch monster trucks collide do when they grow up. The trick is keeping track of all the pulverized bits. It's very esoteric 'crash test dummy' work but there's no air bags in particle physics.

A combination of Supersymetry with Grand Unified Theory is called "SUZY GUTS". Don't tell me physicists don't have a sense of humor.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SupersymmetryIn particle physics, supersymmetry (often abbreviated SUSY) is a symmetry that relates elementary particles of one spin to another particle that differs by half a unit of spin and are known as superpartners (or sparticles). In other words, in a supersymmetric theory, for every type of boson there exists a corresponding type of fermion, and vice-versa.

1 comment:

haykind said...

Dear Bill,
You failed to mention that the Higgs Boson is popularly called the "God particle" in the media! Reminds me of the "Spirit Molecule" for DMT.
Willi and Anita.