It is the essential matter that physicists consider the building block of the universe. And now, after much smashing together of protons at near light-speed, experts say they have found signs of the elusive Higgs bosun.
But scientists unveiling their findings at the CERN physics research centre near Geneva are still not sure the so-called God Particle does exist.
“We still need many more collisions next year in order to get a definite answer on the Shakespeare question on the Higgs: To be or not to be,” CERN Director-General Rolf-Dieter Heuer told reporters.
The uncertainty is shared by leaders of two separate experiments at CERN, CMS and Atlas.
“I think that only more studies and more data will allow us to answer that question,” said Fabiola Gianotti, ,spokesperson for the Atlas experiment. “But the nice thing is that by the end of 2012 or sooner if we are lucky, we will be able to say the final word.”
So Higgs-hunting goes on in the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN on the Franco-Swiss border.
The bosun’s discovery would cement current knowledge. Proof it does not exist would undermine the basis of accepted theories about the make-up of the universe.