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If Higgs Boson Wasn’t Found After All, What of the Nobel Prize Award to CERN Scientists?

Large Hadron Collider

(Photo : Reuters) Scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider recently announced that the LHC detected a rare particle decay which is pretty impossible to detect otherwise.

The possible discredit of the Nobel-awarded theory that the Higgs Boson or God Particle has been found could cause CERN scientist to be red-faced, but the award won't be retracted because of a policy by the Nobel Foundation, which administers the award.

Quoting the foundation, wiseGEEK cited, "No appeals may be made against the decision of a prize-awarding body with regard to the award of a prize." The website attributed to the policy the zero incidence of the Nobel Award being taken back.

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A new study by a group of scientists from the University of Southern Denmark, published in the Physical Review D journal, raises the possibility that the data which the Large Hadron Collider collected could instead explain another type of subatomic particle, not the Higgs boson.

Mads Toudal Frandsen, a particle physicist, explained in a statement, "The CERN data is generally taken as evidence that the particular particle is the Higgs particle ... It is true that the Higgs particle can explain the data but there can be other explanations, we would also get this data from other particles."

The team pointed out that the data could explain the Higgs particle; however, it could also work for techni-higgs, which is a theoretical type of particle that is not an elementary particle but rather made up of techni-quarks that the team believes are elementary.

He further said that techni-quarks could bind in different ways to form techni-higgs particles, while using other combinations make dark matter. "We therefore expect to find several different particles at the LHC, all built by techni-quarks," Frandsen added.

His team is not the only one that cast doubts on the God Particle. Another group from the same university believes the Higgs could be made up of other smaller subatomic particles. To settle these questions, Frandsen pushed for another round of experiment using the CERN LHC accelerator.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in late 2013 to Francois Englert of Belgium and Peter Higgs of the United Kingdom for their theory that Higgs bosons fill the universe, while atoms and part of atoms move around and interact and attract Higgs bosons that group in different numbers.


In a tweet quoted by CNN, the academy said, "The awarded theory is a central part of the Standard Model of particle physics that describes how the world is constructed."

The Higgs discoverer are actually CERN scientists who were happy with the Nobel Prize to Englert and Higgs since they felt that they were equally recognized.

Controversy isn't new to the Nobel Prize, including the awards given to American diplomat Henry Kissinger, Palestinian Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat and 1949 Nobel Prize awardee in Medicine Antonio Egas Moniz for his icepick lobotomy medical procedure.

But because of the Nobel Foundation rules, it also protect awardees like Albert Einstein's in 1921, but it was eventually proven to be merited. Other awardees refused the award like Jean-Paul Sartre who cited personal reasons and several Germans who were ordered by Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler to turn it down since he didn't get an award.

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