Tomorrow the European Organization for Nuclear Research, more commonly known as CERN, will reveal something about the Higgs boson. Back-to-back public seminars are scheduled for 2 p.m. Zurich time (8 a.m. Eastern) on Wednesday, Dec. 13, each from one of the main ongoing experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), CERN’s colossal, headline-grabbing atom smasher. And yes, Big Bang Theoryfans, you can watch them live.
Also known as the so-called “God particle,” the Higgs boson is one of the most important particles in physics, since it’s responsible for creating mass itself. There’s just one problem: It might not exist. Although science said it should, so far no experiment has shown any sign of the elusive particle.
The science world has been buzzing with rumors about the Higgs boson in the past few weeks after details about tomorrow’s agenda leaked out. From what various physics sites have published, the seminars are expected to reveal strong signs of the Higgs boson particle, but not with enough certainty to call it a bona fide discovery.
That makes sense, since the LHC wasn’t expected to catch sight of the Higgs since it still hasn’t powered up to its full capacity yet (it’s running at about half energy). CERN Director General Rolf-Dieter Heuer told Canada’s National Post he expected the final word on the existence of the Higgs to come by October 2013.