- No full scientific discovery - but 'observations' expected, say scientists with contacts inside CERN
- Two separate teams spotted a similar particle - reports
- 'Close to a conclusion' - CERN scientist
- Search could end in first few months of next year
Scientists with close contacts inside CERN predicted this weekend that sighting of the first strong signs of a particle vital to support Einstein’s ideas of the universe will be reported on Tuesday by the CERN.
They warned that there would be no announcement of a full scientific discovery - but even confirmation that something like the long-sought Higgs boson had been spotted would be a major advance. The particle is believed to have given shape to the universe after the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago.
'I am feeling quite a level of excitement,' Oliver Buchmueller, a senior member of one of the two teams seeking the particle in CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) this year.
Bloggers with contacts inside CERN predict that the two separate teams hunting the Higgs boson will reveal early sightings of it tomorrow - although without the full level of certainty required to call it a 'scientific discovery'
Two separate LHC teams – using the ATLAS and CMS detectors – have smashed protons in 350 trillion collisions this year, hoping to see the Higgs in the debris.
Science bloggers with close contacts among the tight-lipped front-line research groups, known as ATLAS and - Buchmueller’s - CMS, said their understanding was that both had found signals that look very much like the Higgs.
'The anticipation among physics enthusiasts is almost palpable,' said theoretician Sascha Vongehr on his blog, www.science20.com. The observation of a 'light Higgs' would be announced at a December 13 CERN seminar, he said.