CERN physicists discover the GOD Particle
In the field of Physics a quantum jump was made as the scientists at the Switzerland’s CERN research centre near Geneva discovered a sub-atomic particle ‘Higgs boson’, prevalently known as the “God particle”, conceived to be an essential building block that contributed to the shaping of the universe. A declaration to this effect was made by the CERN’s Scientists.
The subtle particle is conceived to have been responsible for imparting mass to the particles that finally formed the stars and the planets after the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago.
The breakthrough of a particle consistent with the Higgs boson is probable to elucidate other secrets of our Universe. The particle was conjectured in 1964 by six physicists, including Briton Peter Higgs, from whose name the word ‘Higgs’ has been taken. The word ‘Boson’ has been taken from the surname of the famous Indian physicist, Satyendra Nath Bose, a contemporaneous of Albert Einstein.
Indian Scientists also contributed to the discovery
A lot of Indian scientists, representing the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, Harishchandra Research Institute, Allahabad and Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar, were involved in the experiment.
- CERN Director: General Rolf Heuer
- Higgs Boson named after: Briton Peter Higgs and Indian Scientist Satyendra Nath Bose
Month: Current Affairs - July, 2012
Topics: Boson • Fellows of the Royal Society • Higgs boson • Natural sciences • Nobel laureates in Physics • Particle physicists • Peter Higgs • Physical sciences • Physics • Quantum field theory • Standard Model • Subatomic particle