Tuesday, July 03, 2012
A Higgs Found?
An official CERN video appeared on posts at viXra log and TRF, turning the Higgs rumors into solid evidence for a new particle. As stated in the video, this new boson has an even numbered spin and behaves very much like a Higgs particle (with 125 GeV mass). So the question remains: is this a Standard Model Higgs boson? As noted by John Ellis, the present electroweak vacuum is unstable for a light Higgs in the range 114-135 GeV, requiring new physics to stabilize it (see TRF for a detailed discussion).
By later this year, the identity of the newly found particle should be known. And if we're lucky, another particle could be found (e.g. a Z' boson), telling us more about which models are best suited for describing our universe.