Well, this is a bit disappointing. Last year, scientists at the CERN particle accelerator were taking the science world by storm, when they announced the discovery of the elusive Higgs particle. Before the announcement, the existence of the Higgs boson particle was just theory, with no direct evidence. Initially, that evidence was last year’s announcement.
That evidence is earning some pushback in a new study that suggests that the data scientists were pouring over could be explained by another theorized subatomic particle. Particle physicist Mads Toudal Frandsen explained the teams research via a press release.
“The CERN data is generally taken as evidence that the particle is the Higgs particle. It is true that the Higgs particle can explain the data but there can be other explanations, we would also get this data from other particles.”
So, the research doesn’t disprove the existence of the Higgs particle, but CERN and its researchers are going to have to offer up additional evidence. Frandsen’s team is from the University of South Denmark, and the latest issue of the journal Physical Review D outlines the theory.
The other theoretical particle that could explain what CERN saw last year in LHC (Large Hadron Collider) is known as a techni-higgs. It’s better left to Frandsen to describe what the difference is.
“A techni-higgs particle is not an elementary particle. Instead, it consists of so-called techni-quarks, which we believe are elementary. Techni-quarks may bind together in various ways to form for instance techni-higgs particles, while other combinations may form dark matter,” said Frandsen. “We therefore expect to find several different particles at the LHC, all built by techni-quarks.”
If the argument sounds familiar, it is because these claims pile on with claims by Thomas Ryttov, a physicist who theorizes that the Higgs particle is likely a composite of other, smaller subatomic particles.
Neither study detracts from LHC observations last year, rather they both theorize that the Higgs particle will not be the smallest particle discovered.
Read more about the Higgs Boson here, and the studies, along with the accompanying press releases are linked above.
IMG Credit: Maximilien Brice, CERN