I’m not sure exactly what this means, but …

A respected scientist from the Cern particle physics laboratory has told the BBC he expects to see “the first glimpse” of the Higgs boson next week.

…Next Tuesday, two separate teams will each reveal the outcome of trawling through their latest data from LHC collisions. A spokesman for one of these teams told us that this year alone they’ve searched the remains of some 350 trillion collisions, with only ten or so producing candidates for a reliable sign of the Higgs.


Anybody got any inside info?


  1. #1 Physicalist
    December 9, 2011

    Not inside info, but the buzz in the blogosphere is that both detector coalitions have seen a bump in the two photon channel around 125 GeV. It’s not significant enough to say they’ve found the Higgs, but they might be zeroing in on it. (That is, they may have found it, but they can’t be confident for many more months.)

  2. #2 Lubos Motl
    December 9, 2011

    I’ve got the inside info. Well, the media have really received it from my blog that received it from members of CERN. See details:



  3. #3 NeutrinoGuy
    December 9, 2011

    That’s what I’m hearing through closed lips as well. Something like a 2.5 – 3 sigma bump. Both experiments are seeing it, independently, at the same mass so might be more than statistical fluctuation (but might not be at 3 sigma). We really need to see it at the same mass in other channels as well, as well as at least a 5 sigma result. Still, fun times….

  4. #4 Sascha Vongehr
    December 9, 2011

    Actually, not so heavy as your title suggests. The mass may be “too light” for the vacuum to remain stable (think doomsday):

  5. #5 scidogs
    December 10, 2011

    i for one don’t think they would have put the time,energy and money into the LHC if they did not think it would be found quickly.the gizmo has not even come to full power.whats going to be of great interest is what happens next when things that were not even thought of start showing up and that’s what it was really built to do.