Regina physicists explain why the Higgs Boson particle is important
Researchers at the world’s biggest atom smasher in Switzerland claim they've discovered the so called "god particle,” and Physicists at the University of Regina explained why it’s so important.
Dr. Zisis Papandreou explained that they've found why matter has mass.
“There’s an invisible field which has certain properties. And the Higgs field has properties, so the particle kind of goes through and gets sticky in a sense; it passes through the spider web and collects mass.”
It's an idea that's long been there, and now they have proof.
“The knowledge and the experiments themselves are a tremendous level of academic understanding. But they’re a very long ways from any sort of a direct application to you and me and everyday life,” said Dr. Edward Mathie.
Dr. George Lolos said this discovery keeps what they know on track.
“We physicists like to know how things happen, not just (that) they are.”
But Mathie said any major changes based on the finding are a long ways off.
“The tools that are used to investigate this sort of thing are really phenomenal, and those things do tend to spin off an awful lot, and has an impact on us in everyday life.”
Things like the computer network used to analyze the mountains of data, or the incredible sensors that saw it all, these are things that could have applications in our current world.
Edited by CJME's Lisa Schick.