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December 25, 2012

Two Different Higgs Bosons may have been found

Researchers at the Atlas experiment finally updated the two-photon results. Observation and study of the Higgs boson candidate in the two photon decay channel with the ATLAS detector at the LHC.

What they seem to have found is bizarre—so bizarre, in fact, that physicists assume something must be wrong with it. Instead of one clean peak in the data, they have found two an additional peak. There seems to be a Higgs boson with a mass of 123.5 GeV (gigaelectron volts, the measuring unit that particle physicists most often use for mass), and another Higgs boson at 126.6 GeV—a statistically significant difference of nearly 3 GeV. Apparently, the Atlas scientists have spent the past month trying to figure out if they could be making a mistake in the data analysis but they have found no mistake.





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