That Goddamn Particle!!-- Elementary Matter

The Mechanism of Higgs~~ The Higgs boson is an excitation of the Higgs field above its ground state.
The Mechanism of Higgs~~ The Higgs boson is an excitation of the Higgs field above its ground state. | Source

The Higgs boson is often referred to as "the God particle" by the media, after the title of Leon Lederman's popular science book on particle physics, The God Particle: "If the Universe is the Answer, What Is the Question?" While use of this term may have contributed to increased media interest, many scientists dislike it, since it overstates the particle's importance, not least since its discovery would still leave unanswered questions about the unification of Quantum chromodynamics(color vs Energy), the electroweak interaction and gravity, as well as the ultimate origin of the Universe.

A true anecdote...

Leon Lederman had issues with his publisher, because he wanted to name this elemental particle, a freaking 'Goddamn Particle' but was told to change it. To make things easier, he came out with: 'God Particle.'

If HubPages tells you to avoid certain titles, just make up you mind and be imaginative. Holly Shirt!

One possible signature of a Higgs boson from a simulated proton-proton collision. It decays almost immediately into two jets of hadrons and two electrons, visible as lines
One possible signature of a Higgs boson from a simulated proton-proton collision. It decays almost immediately into two jets of hadrons and two electrons, visible as lines | Source
CERN 10 Billion's Hadronic Collider
CERN 10 Billion's Hadronic Collider | Source

The God Particle is an hypothetical elementary particle like the ones shown on the chart above. This particle has been giving headaches to Physicists since 1962. The billion of dollars spent in the search of this 'fairy elf' from this 'Neverland' of the subatomic world has been astronomical.

It has left traces like a fossil on a cave and it has been mischievous enough to cause us amazement. No wonder we feel dwarfed by the invisible hand of God, with our own theories.

Einstein's Equation / E=MC2

Without going into deep analysis, we see that Energy is related to matter, but we have to add C2 which is the speed, a certain speed in the subatomic world to the equation; not just adding, multyplying! Hence the power to create an atomic bomb by Fission.

Experiments to determine whether the Higgs boson 'exists' are currently being performed using the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at Cern, and were performed at Fermilab's Tevatron until its closure in late 2011. The Higgs field is a quantum field that fills all of space, and explains why fundamental particles such as electrons and quarks have mass.

What a 4th of July!!

On the Fourth of July 2012, Fabiola Gianotti and Joseph Incandela, current spokespersons for the ATLAS and CMS experiments, will present the latest results on the Higgs from the LHC. Had to wait 17.5 billion years just to find out an elusive truth.




Elementary Particles
Elementary Particles | Source

Mass of that hypotethical God particle, most likely 115–130 GeV/c2

1 GeV/c2 = 1.783×10−27 kg

How to explain this Science to the average Joe?

We are going to break things down for the masses. Imagine two buildings from the Chart above; one is the composite particle House (pink) at the Elementary Particle Neighborhood, where you can find the classical atom and particles that 'we' learned about in High School(Yeah! that basic heliocentric graphic from Dalton and Niels Bohr). Neutrinos, Protons, Mesons and Baryons lived there from the beginning of the Universe ( She-bang's Theory... sorry: Big bang!)

On the other building named Force Carriers dwell Energetic guards with magnetic helmets that mostly are quanta or photons, there is a weak portion of almost nonexistent sort of a ghost with a sombrero (with jalapeños inside). We have been told that he has been trespassing the pink building just to excite the tenants and accomplish a mission. He is suspected of smuggling 'non diet energetic nachos' that have been around from Creation. When Guards (Gluons, Photons and Gravitons) from the energetic YELLOW building show up, they smell a rat, better said, they smell traces of tortilla chips and a spicy odor.

The tenants seem to be a little heavier and intoxicated. But there is no proof of this ghost's presence. For the last six months cameras (CERN) have been installed and it was necessary the use of cyclotron hydrants (LHC) with ultra accelerated power washing machines, just to make them talk (collide) and tell us the truth.

The thing is, this Ghost carries a duty and might be guilty of giving mass and unique behavior to those mesons protons and electrons from the beggining of time. The Higgs field is the front porch of the pink house where the party was taking place. The Ghost was giving away sombreros and keep the party going (5 de Mayo) We will have to double check the evidence. On July the 4Th the true will be revealed.

Why is so important?

It must be duly noted that the discovery of the Higgs boson won't change people's lives but will explain the solid foundation of the universe, confirming the standard model of physics that explains why fundamental particles have mass, which is a trait that combines with gravity to give an object weight (F=m.a) . There is a strong reason for the Higgs boson to be around, or be 'felt around.' What was before the Big bang anyways?

From Ptolemy to Tycho Brahe, Newton and even Einstein the Universe has been hiding that unreachable hand of God. Can you imagine your body getting disintegrated due to the lack of that interaction thanks to a molecular force that keeps us from becoming just dust before our due time? This time we will find out how Scotty beamed Captain Kirk up...!



The powerful LHC's Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS)
The powerful LHC's Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) | Source

Update: The traces of a new Particle has been found

Researchers at CERN have conclude today that they have found a new sub-atomic particle consistent with the long sought Higgs boson. ATLAS experiment spokesperson Fabiola Gianotti along with colleague Joe Incandela made the announcement official. "This is indeed a new particle. We know it must be a boson and it’s the heaviest boson ever found," said in a statement Joe Incandela, spokesperson for LHC's CMS experiment.

The announcement gathered thousand of physicist from all over the world. The graphic (right) from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva shows traces of a proton-proton collision measured in the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experience in the search for the Higgs boson. After a quest spanning nearly half a century, physicists on Wednesday said they had found a new sub-atomic particle consistent with the Higgs boson, which is believed to confer mass. Now we know why we as humans do not just turn into flying particles. But the quest is not over.

Physicists at the CERN lab in Switzerland applaud news of the discovery of a new particle, likely the Higgs boson, July 4, 2012.
Physicists at the CERN lab in Switzerland applaud news of the discovery of a new particle, likely the Higgs boson, July 4, 2012. | Source

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Docmo profile image

Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Thats one of the best discourses of elementary particles I have read. I love the way you explained the building/tenants and front porch in the 'neighbourhood'. I have been fascinated by the Quarks and allied particles since little. I love the names of the Quarks ( flavors) : up, down, strange, charm, bottom, and top! this is a great hub! well done.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

talk about weird... guess what is on the radio right now? Weird! I'm impressed. thank you.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Good evening Docmo,

You have our flair indeed! This Goddamn article wanted to ellude the publish button for the complexity of the matter(mass). Your knowledge was put to the test on this hub. Thanks for your support

Lord

@Mhatter99,

Yeah Weird to the core! Glad you've got the kick out if it. Next time Max Planck might stop by to talk about weird and this 'uncertain principle' from Heisenberg. We don't even know what we are talking about! Thanks!

Lord


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Yes, that is just what I was saying to a friend over coffee just the other day. Yeah... right. I am thankful for the geniuses of the world like you who have these things covered.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

You know Tammy? I think you understood this explanation well. I f I were your teacher, I would give you and E, for excellent hubber. Thanks for the chuckles. You are our favorite blonde.... well kind of with 3 boys!(jk)Thanks Tammy!


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

It is hard for most people to grasp the concept of space as not being "empty." The common belief I think is that space is nothingness filled with planets, stars, meteors etc but the reality is that space is not the least bit empty, but rather a force as discussed in the video. This force is what I personally consider "God" and it is in my estimation alive and the source of all life. Therefore, space hold all the "knowledge" ever attained . The past, present and future all coexisting and waiting for us to understand.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Gee! Curiad! You said it better than me! You got a solid point. Science cannot explain feelings with pure physics. I was about to get to my own phylosophical and spiritual conclusion, but kept the academic view. If God is part of this, then he is the creator of all. I'm just amazed! Tomorrow we will find more about this 'God particle' and its implications. Thanks for the visit Curiad!


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Very interesting ..... Was following this for a while, until they kept on debating without any proves! But waiting for the announcement from CERN ..... Thanks for info. Very well written.

Voting up and interesting.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Hi there Lathing. The mechanics and quantas involved can be disheartening for the regualr folk. We will see tomorrow and we believe it will cause an informatic momentutm. Glad to see you this late.


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

By the way, the discovery of Higgs Boson only shows our limitations, and we will never have a complete knowledge of this enormous Universe (or its Creator!)......


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Good point LaThing,

We are just a nanosecond in this 18 billion years tale, The big bang theory is the dummies for our limitations as humans!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Good point LaThing,

We are just a nanosecond in this 18 billion years tale, The big bang theory is the dummies for our limitations as humans!


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

This is a very interesting topic that I knew very little about. Yous explanation and the video really helped me to understand to a degree. I am not floating up there in that genius category with you. :-) Awesome!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Morning Pam! The hub has been updated, and seems that they have found that darn! sub-atomic ghost with a mass of 130 GeV/c2, which is roughly 129 times the size of a proton. So this was a giant sucker! Lol! Thanks for checking on us Pamela.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

great explanation! Just saw it on tv this morning. Glad I understand you better than I did the scientist that was speaking about it. Fantastic hub!!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Hi Pickles,

It was masterful! I mean being able to confirm a hypothetical particle after 40 years was close to a big bang within the physics world. We need to find a relationship betwee gravitation and Quantum Mechanincs. This way we will have covered our backs from unrelated, "magnetic fields."


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

I was just reading about this in the news and the funny thing is the only thing I can say I understand unequivocally is "This time we will find out how Scotty beamed Captain Kirk up...!"

Great job though Lord and I'll keep reading while you try to teach me!

Voted up and interesting.


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Your hub was referred to me about a question on the Higgs boson I posted a short while ago. This is a fascinating answer to that question. I have never taken a physics course in high school or college and I now realize I should have. If this Higgs boson is the answer as to how our universe was placed here how do we know there will not be another "Big Bang" someday and our universe disappears and we do all return to dust? And if we don't turn to dust because of the Higgs boson, does that mean our universe will go on into infinity? The universe or galaxy will never die? See, I should have taken a physics course. I have all these questions and I don't know how to answer them. Please bear with me!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I saw this on TV and was very impressed, but not as much as your article. You explained it very well. I have always been fascinated with the universe, how much more is out there? GREAT hub..Thank you...


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

Wow, Lord your version of the Higgs Boson is so freaking funny bro, I liked this hub through and through even if I'm not a supporter or follower of the whole theory of relativity stuff. LOL.

Nah actually I'm quite the mad scientist myself but more of a tech geek today, because I threw in my leather apron and crazy chemist goggles for web design, and electronics tech stuff.

Maybe every now and then I play around with my pc and all as well, when things go all out of wack, but this Boson stuff is far beyond my scope of things entirely haha.

I actually thought about writing about it as well, but I was afraid that people would think I was attempting to rebuild the entire theoretical concept from scratch, because I might have dug to deep into the research on it all.

Nicely done though, this hub was both hilarious & informative. Which isn't an easy thing to do for us hub writers, no way no how. Bravo to you man voted up and out as sensational. "Where that option to vote LOL"


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Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

This is a subject I've been interested in and following for some time, even though I have to read things over and over to understand them (physics never has been my strong point although I always really wanted it to be! lol). Thanks for this informative and entertaining hub on the topic, and isn't it exciting now they think they've found it! :-D

Voted up and all sorts.. Jen


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Hey Cloud explorer, are you my brother in disguise? You sound so supportive man! We are funny as hell; can you imagine us clowning around with that darn biggs boson with his Sombrero? I can Imagine the big guy up there having a blast with our explanation....Thanks for being yourself partner. Dang! You are a hero in disguise promoting our hubs. Got your number bro' Thanks Michael Pugh!


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Great, fabulous hub that explains the Higgs boson particle really well. Bravo! It's ironic that it's the heaviest boson found...you'd think it would have been a lighter (therefore more difficult to pinpoint) boson. Hehe. This finding is so cool though because it has many ramifications for the future of science. Pretty cool.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

TillsonTitan (Maria),

We think we have discovered a way to teach normals folks stuff that nerds take weeks to try to explain to us. Losing themselves in technicalities. Well that's their problem and we are here to help our friends.... and our readers.

Thanks Maria!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

suzettenaples,

You should have taken a physics course along with Quantum Mechanics and Philosophy. There will more questions after we get the final data from the LHC Subatomic findings. So far we have confirm the existence of a ghosty giant the size of 129 protons. Science will have to be rewritten in the next 20 years. Thanks!

@ Always exploring, how big is the Universe? The closest word we can chose is infinite, because beyond that, we will have to asses those Parallel unniverses and extra dimensions that cannot be seen with a naked eye. Thanks Rubi!

@ Jennifer Stone, This is like candy for us. A ll of a sudden Quantum leaps and energy between nanoseconds has become the it technology. There is so much to do after the discovery, that CERN will have to take it one day at a time. Your comments are greatly appreciated!

@ Ciclitgirl, The ramifications are already happening. There is concern about atomic energy that could fall in the wrong hands. We believe that he were close to touch the Hand of God. Because, it was him who came up with the wisest idea... that no human will be able to understand in a lifeltime. Thanks and good to see you!

LORD

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