Monster 'God particle' could reveal fate of the universe

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GOD PARTICLE: A bigger Higgs particle may unlock untold secrets (Pic: GETTY)

When the Higgs Boson – or God Particle – was discovered at the Large Hadron Collider in 2012, scientists claimed the particle completed the Standard Model of Physics we understand today. 

But experts have since begun the search for a bigger and heavier god particle which may unlock untold secrets of our universe. 

Currently, the God Particle’s mass is 25 giggaelectronvolts, with physicist’s predicting the mass of a second particle verging on double that. 

The force is presently stronger than gravity but only effective at very short distances. 

If the heavier Higgs particle does exist, humanity would need to reassess its understanding of particle physics as we know it. 

The complex interactions of a larger particle may even lead to clues from the mass of the “ghost particle” to the ultimate fate of the universe. 

Physicists based at the world’s largest atom smasher, are working to prove a heavier Higgs exists as we speak. 

Professor John Butterworth of University College London questioned the need for further discovery. 

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BIGGER: Scientists previously claimed the particle complete the Standard Model of Physics (Pic: GETTY)

“to what extent will the knowledge that we already have be extended to benefit humanity”

Professor John Butterworth

He told BBC news: “We have to draw a line somewhere otherwise we end up with a collider that is so large that it goes around the equator 

“And if it doesn’t end there perhaps there will be a request for one that goes to the Moon and back.

“There is always going to be more deep physics to be conducted with larger and larger colliders.

“My question is to what extent will the knowledge that we already have be extended to benefit humanity?

 

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UNIVERSE: Our understanding of the universe could change (Pic: GETTY)

The intriguing possibility of a heavier Higgs joins a host of theories that continue to push our knowledge and understanding of life as we know it. 

In a recent published online and submitted to the Journal of High Energy Physics, a team of scientists proposed to search for more Higgs based off of the way particles decay in light. 

But these discoveries are extremely rare, and it appears when it comes to the fate of the universe, we’re just going to have to wait. 

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