After a 10-year search, two experiments from Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois report hints of what may be the Higgs boson. The finding bolsters results announced last year from CERN’s LHC experiments, which may have spotted the elusive particle at around 125 gigaelectronvolts (GeV).
“A worldwide picture is starting to form that is making us excited at some level,” said physicist Rob Roser, co-spokesman for the CDF collaboration, one of the two Fermilab experiments reporting the new results.
The Higgs boson is the final piece of particle physicists’ greatest puzzle. According to the Standard Model — which describes the interactions of all known particles and forces in the universe — the Higgs is what provides other particles their mass.
Scientists in charge of the two detectors on Fermilab’s Tevatron particle collider, CDF and DZero, announced that they have seen a small excess of events between 115 and 135 GeV that could correspond to the mysterious Higgs on March 7, during a particle physics conference in Moriond, Italy.