NZ's role in Higgs boson discovery
Thu, 05 Jul 2012 8:56a.m.
By 3 News online staff
Physicists trying to prove the existence of the so called ‘god particle’ that holds our world together say they've found the strongest evidence yet that the Higgs boson particle does exist.
Auckland University physics lecturer Dr David Krofcheck says New Zealand has contributed to the Higg’s boson’s discovery by donating equipment used to verify its existence.
“There’s no good theory about where or why mass exists, and so about four years ago this started being addressed in real high-level mathematics and the result is the suggestion that there is something called a Higgs field,” he told Firstline this morning.
Dr Krofcheck says the discover of the Higgs boson will complete the fundamental theory of physics, but what it means for the future is difficult to predict.
“I can’t even judge, we’ll let our children and great grandchildren worry about that,” he says.
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