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Thread #166522 Message #4092708
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
11-Feb-21 - 11:20 PM
Thread Name: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
Damn! Amos would love to see this news, and I bet he would have predicted a pair of muons would be at the middle of it: Scientists find first evidence of rare Higgs boson decay
This work provides evidence for something scientists predicted long ago.
Scientists have spotted the first evidence of a rare Higgs boson decay, expanding our understanding of the strange quantum universe.
In 2012, scientists at CERN's Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland won a Nobel Prize in Physics with a breakthrough finding: they detected the Higgs boson, a subatomic particle predicted by the Standard Model of physics nearly 50 years prior. The Higgs boson doesn't live very long, quickly decaying into smaller particles like two photons (light particles).
Now, researchers using ATLAS and CMS have found evidence for a rare Higgs boson decay in which the subatomic particle decays into one photon and two leptons, a type of elementary particle that can be charged or neutral. (Electrons and muons, a similar type of subatomic particle, are two examples of charged leptons.) Specifically, they found evidence that the Higgs boson can decay into either a photon and a pair of electrons, or a photon and a pair of muons with opposite charge.
(There's more, follow the link.)