It is expected to be announced tomorrow, 4th June, that the elusive Higgs Boson has been found following years of tests at CERN. This announcement comes amid reports that scientists in America have exhumed glimpses of the particle amongst the data they collected from the Tevatron accelerator, which was shut down at the end of last year.
Currently the group of scientists at CERN in Switzerland are 99.99 % certain that they have found sufficient evidence that the Higgs exists; this is classified as a ‘four sigma’ level. Yet in order to increase the certainty of its existence, to 99.99995 % – ‘sigma five’, a group of five leading physicists have been invited to interpret the findings. Despite such a high confidence interval, the scientists can’t say they have definitely found it as there is still the incredibly slim chance that they have made an error.
In spite of this, Tom Kibble from Imperial College London, one of the Scientists invited to CERN, told the Sunday Times, “My guess is that is must be a pretty positive result for them to be asking us out there.”
Not only have the findings been met with elation, but also with a sigh of relief; some of the fundamental laws of physics are built on the idea that the Higgs Boson exists and without it the rule book is effectively rewritten.