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Going for the Hook January 30, 2008

Posted by gordonwatts in physics.

I’m not sure how this article showed up in my web browser — I must have clicked on some link without being aware of it. But check out the lead paragraph:

Thousands of particle physicists are spending billions to try to spot the elusive Higgs boson, which is key to explaining the origins of mass. But evidence of the Higgs boson–or at least a Higgs boson–may already be lying unnoticed in data from previous experiments, new calculations suggest.

Wow! I’d better read this! And then…

However, this lightweight Higgs is not exactly the Higgs everyone is looking for, says Marcela Carena, a theorist at Fermilab. “The Higgs they are talking about is not the one responsible for giving mass to the W and Z,” she says. It can’t be because it hardly interacts with those particles, Carena says. Indeed, in Yuan’s model, the role of mass-giver falls to one of the heavier Higgses, which is still heavier than the LEP limit, she notes.

Oh. Right. Back to work. 🙂



1. Nick - January 31, 2008

Okay, humor me for a moment while I learn something: is this laughable because it suggests there are many “types” of higgs particles (which I’ve only ever seen reference to in this article) or just because the article suggests that the search is over and then quietly notes that we’re really still in the same place we were before the article was printed?

2. gordonwatts - February 1, 2008

Nick – great question. I started to respond to the comment here, but it turned into a blog posting. So that will show up sometime today.

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