Geneva: The CERN physics research centre on Thursday announced that it is now confident that physicists have discovered the long-sought subatomic particle called `Higgs boson`.
According to the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, the elementary particle was discovered in the Large Hadron Collider last summer and its analysis "strongly indicates" that what they found last year was a version of what is popularly referred to as the "God particle".
CERN physicist Joe Incandela said in a statement that "it is clear that we are dealing with a Higgs boson though we still have a long way to go to know what kind of Higgs boson it is."
The long-theorized subatomic particle would explain why matter has mass. It is considered a missing cornerstone of physics.
Last July scientists with the world`s largest atom-smasher announced finding a particle they described as Higgs-like.
(With Agency inputs)