Higgs boson particle search explained (video)

4 Jul 2012

This track is an example of simulated data of a decay path of the Higgs boson that may be observed at the LHC when it started taking data in 2008. The Higgs boson is produced in the collision of two protons and quickly decays into four muons. CERN image

Particle physicist Daniel Whiteson gives a cartoon video tour from CERN to explain the Higgs boson and how scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, have been working to find the elusive particle.

This morning physicists at CERN presented evidence of a new subatomic particle they believe could be consistent with the Higgs boson.

Scientists from the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, presented their latest preliminary results and they said the ‘God particle’ is within reach.

CERN said results from both experiments show strong indications for the presence of a new particle in the mass region around 125-126 GeV.

Here we present a video from Vimeo to explain, in simple terms, the Higgs boson.


Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic