Jul. 04, 2012

What Higgs Boson Evidence Looks Like

by Ira Flatow

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If you want an idea of how physicists determine whether they have "found" something, like the Higgs boson, here is a chart of the results of one of the experiments.

Note "bump" in this energy chart, indicating "something" is there. Possibly the Higgs boson.



Cool animated cartoon explaining Higgs in lay language..




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