London: Professor Rolf Heuer, the scientists who heads the world`s largest particle physics laboratory, has said that he thinks it is “beyond any doubt” that a Higgs Boson particle has been discovered.
Heuer, the director general of Cern, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, said that he would “stick his neck out” and say it had been found by scientists.
He said this during a visit to Edinburgh where he met Professor Peter Higgs, the man who gave his name to the particle.
Heuer was delivering a lecture to students, academics and members of the public at Heriot-Watt University.
He discussed the announcement made in July that teams at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the 2.6-billion-pound “Big Bang” atom-smasher near Geneva, Switzerland, had found a new particle “consistent” with the Higgs Boson.
The results were preliminary and more work is being done before scientists can be sure about what they have captured.
“We have set a certain limit which the data significance has to exceed in order to call it a discovery,” the Independent quoted him as saying.
“That limit we have reached on July 4, so I was very happy to state I think we have it, and I think we have it still.
“When they finalised the data, the significance has even increased, so this is why I stick my neck out and say I think it is beyond any doubt because it looks very, very clear and very well in hand, so I think we have found this new particle,” he added.
First Published: Friday, August 31, 2012, 12:18