The Higgs boson particle, also known as the God Particle will be found in the next 12 months, according to the leader of the CERN facility in Geneva.
“I think by this time next year I will be able to bring you either the Higgs boson or the message that it doesn’t exist,” said Rolf Heuer, director general of CERN.
Three scientists, one from each of CERN, recently stated their skepticism of recent claims that particles had recently broken the speed of light in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
Other researchers weighed in including KEK’s Atsuto Suzuki and Pier Oddone of Fermilab which shut off its Tevatron accelerator after 26 years.
These three researchers spoke at a joint news conference after a three-day gathering of leading physicists at CERN to discuss what accelerators might eventually be added to the research arsenal, either to compliment or replace the LHC.
The Tevatron’s recent data which was gathered for nearly 10 years, will be under analysis for several more months, according to Oddone.
The research was only able to reveal where the Higgs was not hiding.
The particle’s existence was first proposed around 40 years ago.
The Higgs boson is believed to have given shape to the universe after its creation, hence the name God particle.
Back in July, reports surfaced which indicated that the Higgs boson might have been detected among data the LHC.
The Higgs boson is theorized to be the missing piece in the “Standard Model” of physics.
This particle is thought to be the building block of all other sub-atomic particles which allows them to attain mass.
The process used to attempt to discover the Higgs boson involves protons colliding inside the Tevatron or LHC, attempting to uncover the God particle in the fallout.