Newer revelations have emerged to suggest that the new particle discovered by scientists at the Large Hadron Collider may not be the Higgs Boson that researchers thought it was, but something that could pass for the most sought-after particle. The new particle is now called techni-higgs and given the partial name “higgs” because while it is almost like Higgs Boson and could easily be mistaken for it, it is actually not.
Peter Higgs, the 84-year old Scottish physicist after whom the matter is named shed tears of joy and relief when LHC announced its initial discovery, simply because the old physicist had theorized about the existence of the particle some 40 years ago. However, this latest information that the found particle might not really be the expected matter should sound as a disappointment to the senior physicist and to a lot of others in the science field.
According to Professor Mads Toudal Frandsen of the University of Southern Denmark, “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. The researchers’ analysis does not debunk the possibility that CERN has discovered the Higgs particle. That is still possible – but it is equally possible that it is a different kind of particle. The current data is not precise enough to determine exactly what the particle is. It could be a number of other known particles.”
Prof. Mads Toudal Frandsen goes further to say that an unknown force holds together the techni-higgs which is comprised of techni-quarks “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. We therefore expect to find several different particles at the LHC, all built by techni-quarks.”
Although over 10,000 scientists had researched for decades in a £6 billion project to discover the Higgs Boson, techni-higgs potentially has answers for what might be the dark matter, and it is expected that the LHC team will get more insights into this when they commence research again in 2015.