Large Hadron Collider Confirms Discovery of First New Particle
However, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) published confirmation about the first new observed particle by the Atlas experiment at CERN. Called the Chi_b (3P) is part of the bigger story that will help scientists fill in the gaps of the theory that binds matter.
"The new particle is made up of a 'beauty quark' and a 'beauty anti-quark', which are then bound together," explained Roger Jones in a conversation with BBC News. "People have thought this more excited state should exist for years but nobody has managed to see it until now." It may also provide new hints where to look for the Higgs particle.
At this point, the Higgs boson is still hypothetical and simply predicted to exist by the Standard Model of particle physics. There is the hope that the LHC will confirm the existence of this particle, which would also confirm that the Standard Model is correct and explain why matter has mass. Recent experiments at the LHC suggested that the Higgs boson has a mass of 115–130 GeV/c2. Researchers believe that they can either confirm or deny the existence of the particle next year.