This week’s New Scientist, Mathew Chalmers, page 34, 10 Nov 12, prints an article THE HIGGS? DAMN… which, in the language of theoretical particle physics, states the uncertainty and puzzlement of scientists about that damned elusive particle and its Field.
The bad news is that CERN will shut down for a refit later this year, for 2 years. Barring a surprise result from current data analyses, it is likely that confirmation of the existence of THE HIGGS will have to wait for CERN 2 to be fired up.
There is no good news. Out of five tests of whether the Higgs fits the required profile, only one is positive and the other four are either NO or DON’T KNOW. Scientists are questioning all the measurements of what CERN found in July 2012 and are revising whether the spin offs (literally) from The Higgs, namely 2 photons, are indeed evidence that the Higgs interacted with The Top Quark (found inside Protons and Neutrons) as theory predicted.
I will try to translate their CERNSPEAK into English, next week. In the meantime we must dwell on the uncertainty. Maybe the Higgs is dying. Maybe if we all clap our hands and shout “I believe in Fairies” it will shine again in the firmament.