By Larry Leonard
May 14, 2012 — It is a circle, a great metal tube in Europe. It sends charged particles whirling in opposite directions at speeds that approach the velocity of light, then in a big “X” intersection cross them into each other’s path, and …. bang !!!!
When they explode, the cameras capture the cometary tails of the components of these particles (They appear as debris trails). Physicists can tell by their individual streak patterns what they are.
For years, they’ve been looking for the Higgs boson. Higgs is (or was) a university professor. Physics has been trying to come up with a way to merge Einsteinium Relativity (the 2nd theory, which described the universe on the large-scale) with Quantum theory, which describes the universe on a very, very small-scale. Both theories work, and are accepted, but when physicists try to merge them into a Theory of Everything at every level, the two theories are like in-laws. There will be no Thanksgiving in physics until these two relations can exist in the same dining room.
A Smash Hit
Particle physicists have long surmised that the Higgs boson would solve the problem, if it exists. The world press refers to it as the God Particle. How ironic that they had the wrong boson. It all had to do with electric charge. The neutron has no charge. It is electrically neutral. The proton is positive. The solution was a particle they never even considered: The Janus boson is named after the Roman god of gates. Janus is the root for the English term “January,” or the month that leaves behind the past and begins life anew. This name was chosen because the particle is visually positive on the surface but completely negative inside.
The particle has been confirmed. When emerging from a collision it appears to turn right, but always actually turns to the left. The particle decays in two stages, as seen below. The first photo is the true, or “hidden” stage, and the second is what you would see if the image were printed in the New York Times.
The image change is due to excess spin.