July 8, 2012 - The potential discovery of the Higgs boson
is a gateway to a new era that could see humanity unlock some of the universeâ€™s great mysteries, like dark matter
and light-speed travel, scientists have claimed.
The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) unveiled information from the Large Hadron Collider
Wednesday â€śconsistent with the long-sought Higgs boson,â€ť an elusive particle thought to help explain why matter has mass.
Scientists went into a frenzy following the announcement, speculating that it could one day make light-speed travel attainable by â€śun-massingâ€ť objects or enable large items to be launched into space by â€śswitching offâ€ť the Higgs.CERN
scientist Albert de Roeck
likened it to the discovery of electricity, when he said humanity could never ever have imagined its future applications.
â€śWhatâ€™s really essential for the Higgs is that it explains how the planet could be the way that it is in the first millionth of a second in the Big Bang,â€ť de Roeck stated.
â€śCan we apply it to some thing? At this moment my imagination is too modest to do that.â€ť
A representation of traces of a proton-to-proton collision measured in the Compact Muon Solenoid
(CMS) experience in the search for the Higgs boson.
Physicist Ray Volkas stated â€śalmost everybodyâ€ť was hoping that, rather than fitting the so-named Normal Model of physics â€” a theory explaining how particles fit with each other in the Universe â€” the Higgs boson
would prove to be â€śsomething a bit different.â€ť
â€śIf that was the situation that would point to all sorts of new physics â€” physics that may well have something to do with dark matter,â€ť he stated, referring to the hypothetical invisible matter thought to make up considerably of the universe.
â€śIt could be, for instance, that the Higgs particle acts as a bridge between ordinary matter, which makes up atoms, and dark matter, which we know is a very crucial component of the universe.â€ť
â€śThat would have really wonderful implications for understanding all of the matter in the universe, not just ordinary atoms,â€ť he added.
Rolf Heuer, CERN Director General, second right, Fabiola Gianotti, ATLAS experiment spokesperson, left, and Joe Incandela, CMS experiment look at a screen during a scientific seminar to deliver the latest update in the search for the Higgs boson at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Meyrin near Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday,...