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Particle physics: Experiments give shape to Higgs

Published on Jun 23, 2014 6:48 AM

PARIS (AFP) - Physicists on Sunday said they had learned more about the identity of the Higgs Boson, the elusive particle whose ground-breaking discovery was announced nearly two years ago.

Work at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) – the particle smasher on the French-Swiss border where the breakthrough was made – has answered long-standing questions about how the Higgs behaves, they said.

The Higgs was theorised in the 1960s as being the sub-atomic particle that gives other particles mass. Without it, matter would not exist.

Decades of work followed to explore the idea until on July 4, 2012, rival teams at the LHC announced they had independently found a particle consistent with the Higgs.

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