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Spokeswoman quashes Higgs particle rumor

atlasIn what will probably not be the last rumor to dog the Large Hadron Collider now that it is fully operational, a leaked memo is spreading word that the Higgs particle, proposed to explain why others have the masses they do, might have been seen by the ATLAS collaboration, at Europe’s particle physics lab, CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. In response, ATLAS’ spokeswoman Fabiola Gianotti stops short of disowning the leaked document, but tells Nature signals of the kind reported in the memo show up quite frequently in the course of data analysis and are later falsified after more detailed scrutiny. “Only official ATLAS results, i.e. results that have undergone all the necessary scientific checks by the Collaboration, should be taken seriously,” she says.

The memo, posted by an anonymous commenter on mathematician Peter Woit’s blog, is authored by four ATLAS members who say they have discovered an excess number of photons produced at an energy of 115 GeV that could be caused by the decay of the Higgs particle into photons. The level of the excess is 30 times that expected for a standard model Higgs, so even if this is the particle, it appears to be quite an extraordinary result. “This large enhancement over the standard model rate implies that the present result is the first definitive observation of physics beyond the standard model. Exciting new physics, including new particles, may be expected to be found in the very near future,” the memo says.

Image: ATLAS / CERN

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    Anadish Kumar Pal said:

    The discovery of gravity’s exact mechanism along with that of dark matter has already taken place, way back in autumn 2010. I know from my theoretical understanding that it is impossible to find any traces of Higgs boson as a quantum particle in the Hadron collider, neither can it show the existence of dark matter. The details of my discovery of how gravitation exactly works, http://www.anadish.com/ , and how it is produced in the framework of quantum mechanics are lying in wraps with the USPTO and I can only make it entirely public after there is clarity on how the USPTO is going to settle the issue of secrecy on my application. I consciously did not report to any peer-reviewed journal, fearing discrimination, because of my non-institutional status as a researcher. However, if the USPTO also continues with their non-committal secrecy review under LARS Level 2 (find the PDF of Private PAIR of the USPTO on my site), then, anyway, my discovery may not get published for a long time to come, in spite of me having filed the US patent application (US 13/045,558) on March 11, 2011, after filing a mandatory Indian patent application on January 11, 2011. Till, I find a clue to come out of the maze of government regulations, unless, of course, the USPTO decides to put it out of secrecy.

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