The Higgs boson is a long-sought subatomic particle that is thought to explain why all particles have mass. After the big bang 13.7 billion years ago, scientists believe particles existed without mass and that they became heavier due to the Higgs field.
There are experiments conducted at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland, which involve beams containing billions of particles smashing each other within a vacuum, and the results are then recorded.
Scientists at CERN have found a new subatomic particle, which appears to be the Higgs boson. More detailed studies now have to be conducted, pinning down the particle’s properties. For some, there is no doubt that the particle found is the one thought of by Higgs.
“As a layman, I would say I think we have it. Would you agree?” said Rolf Heuer, the director general at CERN.
Watch this video for a detailed (and somewhat amusing) explanation.
the higgs boson walks into a church
the priest says ‘we don’t allow higgs bosons in here’
the higgs boson says ‘but without me, how can you have mass?’