Large Hadron Collider rival Tevatron 'has found Higgs boson', say rumours

Could the elusive Higgs boson finally be in sight? On his blog, physicist Tommaso Dorigo of the University of Padua writes about talk of a tentative hint of the Higgs at the Tevatron, a particle accelerator at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois.

“It reached my ear, from two different, possibly independent sources, that an experiment at the Tevatron is about to release some evidence of a light Higgs boson signal. Some say a three-sigma effect, others do not make explicit claims but talk of a unexpected result,” writes Dorigo.

The blog post is low on detail but if the “three-sigma” signature – a reference to the statistical certainty of the rumoured result – turns out to be real, it will be an immense discovery.

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9 comments on “Large Hadron Collider rival Tevatron 'has found Higgs boson', say rumours”

  1. Kommando

    ooooooh.

    well done fermilab. nothing like some competition?

  2. Kommando

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/large-hadron-collider/7888012/Higgs-boson-discovery-rumours-false-say-Tevatron-scientists.html

    however Fermilab is denying the rumors officially citing rumors spread by one ‘fame seeking blogger’

  3. stimpy

    science != rumors

  4. Spades

    stimpy;1608200 wrote: science != rumors

    no science is magic with an instruction guide.

  5. Aardvark

    Just like Magnets and Giraffes, Science is Miracles.

  6. Virtuoso

    Pfft. I found a Higgs Boson down the back of my lounge last night.

  7. Hairyman

    Virtuoso;1608297 wrote: Pfft. I found a Higgs Boson down the back of my lounge last night.

    and didn’t it stink!

  8. evil

    This is a thread that transcends not just this partyicle collider, but all particle colliders. If they do find the Higgs Boson, the battery for everything in life, hurrah ! It will open the door to all sorts of wicked sh1t

  9. Up_All_Night

    now isn’t the point of building the large hadron collider that the exisiting ones lacked the ability to discover it due to the limitations of it’s power and size.

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