Higgs Boson: Is It a God Particle!

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Results indicate that Higgs boson has a mass between 118 and 132 GeV.

{And in the earth are signs for those who are certain. And in your own selves; so can you not perceive?} (Al -Zariyat 51:20-21).

Physicists at the world renowned laboratory “Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory” (Fermilab) announced on July 2 that they got closer to proving the existence of the vague subatomic particle called “Higgs boson”.

This comes amid CERN scientists’ announcement a few days ago that they were set to unveil new findings about the Higgs bosons. CERN is the European Organization for Nuclear Research which hosts the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which helps physicists in searching for subatomic and high-energy particles which compose our bodies, universe, living and non-living organisms.

CERN’s director general Rolf Heuer said: "We have reached a milestone in our understanding of nature. The discovery of a particle consistent with the Higgs boson opens the way to more detailed studies, requiring larger statistics, which will pin down the new particle's properties, and is likely to shed light on other mysteries of the universe."

Fermilab scientists made it clear that they found hints of Higgs bosons in the debris from trillions of experimental collisions between beams of protons and antiprotons over 10 years using Tevatron particles accelerator.

Tevatron smash together protons and their antimatter twins, antiprotons. When matter meets antimatter, the two annihilate, leaving behind pure energy.

Yet however, the evidence is still fragile for the scientific threshold to prove the discovery of the indistinguishable particle.

"This is the best answer that is out there at the moment," said physicist Rob Roser of Fermilab, which is run by the U.S. Department of Energy.

"The Tevatron data strongly point toward the existence of the Higgs boson, but it will take results from the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider in Europe to establish a firm discovery," he added, as reported by Reuters.

"These intriguing hints from the Tevatron appear to support the results from the LHC shown at CERN in December," said Dan Tovey, professor of particle physics at the University of Sheffield in Britain.

"The results are particularly important because they use a completely different and complementary way of searching for the Higgs boson. This gives us more confidence that what we are seeing is really evidence of new physics rather than just a statistical fluke," Tovey assured.

High energy physicists and scientists have worked for decades to prove the existence of Higgs bosons (H0).

H0 form one piece of a class of subatomic particles called Bosons which includes the Photons; “the elementary particle of light”, and the Graviton; “the still-undiscovered hypothetical elementary particle of gravity”, in addition to some other less famous subatomic particles.

The category of Bosons got named after the Indian mathematical physicist Satyendra Nath Bose. Bosons and many other particles make up the basic building blocks of matter in the universe, which means that they form everything Allah created around us, starting from the largest structures of the universe; the “Galactic Filaments” to the smallest thing ever; “the hypothetical Planck Particle”.

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Media Interruption in Science

{When He has decreed a matter, He only says to it, Be, and it is.} (Aal `Imran 3:47).

Because of those previously mentioned characteristics and due to Higgs bosons' ability to give mass and weight to matter, many media outlets and some atheist scientists unfortunately named it “the God Particle”, which is weird!

It’s pretty childish to ascribe such divinity to a particle whose discovery could be questioned and could be surpassed by other discoveries in millennia or so. We shall never forget that we, the primates named humans, have limited senses. And we aren’t able to know reality in its 100% full form.

The name first popped up in a book authored in 1993 by the American experimental physicist Leon Lederman.

Even though, numerous other scientists rejected this and still show repugnance to that nickname propaganda which stands as an irritating media intervention in scientific topics. They base their rejection upon the fact that this unscientific exaggeration formulated by media contradicts with the factual findings that there are other subatomic particles which are as much important as Higgs bosons, and which will certainly be discovered soon, God willing.

For instance, the best-known boson, the photon, is the elementary particle of light and it carries the electromagnetic force, which is responsible for such everyday phenomena as the scent of a rose and the pull of a magnet.

Another boson is called the gluon, which is responsible for binding together the quarks that constitute protons. Without gluons, quarks won’t be able to stick together and will be in a loose manner leading to atoms nonexistence, and neither would stars, planets, human beings or life.

A simulated trace of a Higgs boson.

Moreover, with the discovery of Higgs bosons, God willing, still some others concepts will remain undiscovered and will need to be searched by us such as gravity, electroweak interaction, unification of quantum chromodynamics, nature of light, and many other theoretical physics conceptions to yet be discovered in the universe.

The Higgs boson is named after the British theoretical physicist of Edinburgh University, Peter Higgs, who postulated Higgs mechanism in 1964 alongside several other scientists who predicted the existence of a new subatomic particle which is generally accepted as an important portion in the widely known Standard Model Theory, without which, particles would have no mass or weight.

According to the theory of Standard Model which describes the fabric of universe from particles to forces to interactions, matter is composed of various combinations of six leptons, including the well-known electron and the ghostly neutrino, and six quarks, to which physicists have given whimsical names such as "charm," "bottom," and "strange." The protons at the core of atoms, for instance, are composed of two "up" quarks and one "down" quark. The Standard Model also includes particles dubbed bosons, which carry nature's four basic forces, as Reuters reported

What’s on Wednesday?

Fortunately, scientists today at night will wait for the latest results from CERN researchers before getting the full picture concerning the Higgs boson.

CERN spokesman James Gillies announced: “Fermilab's findings are a nice result, but it will be interesting to see how it lines up with CERN's results on Wednesday. Nature is the final arbiter so we'll have to be a little more patient before we know for sure whether we've found the Higgs."

In an interview with Reuters, Tom LeCompte, a CERN scientist at the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, US said he was confident the Higgs bosons would be shown to exist, or not exist, this year. But he would not say if the findings to be unveiled Wednesday would be definitive.

Particle accelerators such as those at CERN and Fermilab methodically discovered all the particles predicted by the Standard Model except one.

Higgs bosons refusal to show itself has long frustrated physicists. In case it continues hiding from us we will be obligated to figure out the constituents and mechanics of our universe from square one again.

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Andrew Stern, Sharon Begley, Chris Wickham & Will Dunham. Best evidence yet found for "God particle:" U.S. physicists. Reuters Science. Batavia, Illinois. July 3, 2012.
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Islam is the Assistant Editor of the Health & Science Section of OnIslam.net. He studied Biology as a major and he's an Administrative Member in The Astronomical Society of Mahmoud Mosque (ASMM), Egypt. He achieved a Postgraduate Diploma in Anthropology from The Institute of African Researches & Studies, Cairo University.

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