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Do you think the LHC will find the Higgs Boson?

Asked by Jreemy (168points) September 8th, 2008

The LHC starts up this Wednesday. Do you think we will actually discover the Higgs Boson and be able to manipulate it. Please no apocalyptic predictions about the LHC startup.

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AstroChuck's avatar

I believe the CERN facility is looking for the Higgs Boson, amongst other things, and the LHC is looking to create micro black holes.

JackAdams's avatar

In case some may not know, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a particle accelerator and collider located at CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland. The LHC is expected to become the world’s largest and highest energy particle accelerator. The LHC is being funded and was built in collaboration with over two thousand physicists from thirty-four countries, universities and laboratories.

When activated, it is hoped that the collider will produce the elusive Higgs Boson particle — often dubbed the God Particle — the observation of which could confirm the predictions and ‘missing links’ in the Standard Model of physics, and explain how other elementary particles acquire properties such as mass. The verification of the existence of the Higgs Boson would be a significant step in the search for a Grand Unified Theory which seeks to unify the four fundamental forces: Electromagnetism, Strong Force, Weak Force, and Gravity. The Higgs Boson may help to explain why gravity is comparatively weak when contrasted with the other three fundamental forces.

FlutherMother's avatar

If we DO discover it and are able to manipulate it, I wonder how it will change life on earth and how we view our religions on the “Creator” if we can now become said Creator?

AstroChuck's avatar

Aren’t we confusing the LEP collider with the LHC?

JackAdams's avatar

Ya got a mouse in your pocket, Son? Whaddaya mean, “we?”

AstroChuck's avatar

“We” as in “youse guys”.

wundayatta's avatar

Hmmm. Higgs Boson is predicted, as far as I know, by serious scientists. They’ve persuaded a lot of governments to chip in mucho big bucks (francs, lira, etc). The design has been vetted by all kinds of scientists. I assume quality control is a serious concern.

I think they’ll find it. Or if not, something else that helps solve the puzzle, and explains the mass of the universe, or whatever the hell it is that LHC is supposed to explain.

TrenchantWit's avatar

Once this things up and running maybe my time machine will start to work.

Skyrail's avatar

No. I hope not. Where’s the fun in finding something dubbed ‘The God particle’? Surely it will dig up lots of useful information only leading scientests further into their field of work allowing them to sink their teeth into something juicy. mhmmm. yum!

28lorelei's avatar

The Higgs boson is predicted to be found by the LHC. If it exists, it should be found within the next couple years. If it doesn’t exist, Newton’s Laws of the conservation of energy and everything from that point on will have to be rewritten.
The Higgs isn’t just found by finding one collision that proves it. Many collisions that show it exists have to occur and be found. If many enough are found, that means it exists.

flo's avatar

Now do they then have to figure out what is the thing they discovered is made of?

28lorelei's avatar

It has now been found. As for what it is made of… well I have no idea. I don’t know whether or not anyone knows anything about that.

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