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What is the Higgs Boson and why is it important to the Life Science Industry?

Sep. 4, 2012 ⋅ Categories: Life Sciences

Users of PSSC Life Sciences Tools are talking about what could be the next big discovery in their industry. The Large Hadron Collider is a giant science instrument that utilizes some incredible hpc supercomputers, for studying the smallest existing particles. Researchers at the lab say that they are certain about the existence of the Higgs boson, or the “God particle.” This is a never-before-seen subatomic particle that is allegedly the fundamental building block of the universe.

The theory of the particle was first proposed by a physicist names Peter Higgs in the 1960s to provide explanation to how particles obtain mass. The theory is that an energy field exists all around in the universe. As particles zoom around the field, they interact and attract Higgs bosons, which cluster in varying numbers. The more Higgs bosons that a particle attracts, the greater the mass will become.

While this discovery won’t give human being the entire knowledge about the universe and its operations, it will fill a huge hole in the Standard Model that has been in place for over 50 years.

However, it is going to take some major effort and some intense computing power to track down the Higgs boson. Scientists describe them as elusive, is that they appear and disappear quickly and scientists are only able to study disintegrating remnants.

Finding a missing block in the Standard Model could possibly lead scientists to study dark matter: mysterious, invisible substance that adds up to five times as much mass as the ordinary atoms and particles to which we are accustomed. With the amount of information that can result from this potential discovery, science is going to need ultimate storage solutions for sure!

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