Have we found the Higgs boson yet?

Some years after CERN announced it had found what was believed to be a Higgs boson particle, it was confirmed that this was indeed the case, as the Standard Model of particle physics predicted. This made some scientists happy, but others weren’t so pleased. The former were pleased that the Standard Model, governing all physical processes in the universe with the exception of gravity, proved rock-solid. The latter, some of whom were hoping for the Higgs boson to lead us to another world, one characterized by dark matter, super-symmetry, and even things like dark energy, didn’t work so hard for an outcome like this.

A study published in Nature Physics confirmed the particle discovered decays into fermions. According to the Standard Model, the Higgs boson is what really gives fermions their mass. Now, the CMS detector has substantiated that Higgs bosons decay into fermions after scientists smashed protons together.

The Higgs boson that was found sits in the mass energy region of 125 GeV, can decay into a number of lighter particles, and has no spin. Why is the Higgs boson so important? It is what gives practically everything its mass. According to Marcus Klute of the CMS Collaboration, the presence of the Standard Model Boson has been confirmed. In itself, establishing a property of the Standard Model is news.

All in all, it’s difficult not to be at least a little disappointed that the Higgs boson is exactly what most scientists thought it was. Had its decay path been somewhat different — if its reaction to fermions wasn’t so banal — this would have opened up whole new lanes of research. As things stand, we’re no closer to getting beyond the tenets of the Standard Model, which doesn’t account for dark matter and energy and other fascinating aspects of reality.

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