Scientists from CERN projects ATLAS and CMS announce that they may have found the long sought after Higgs boson. Preliminary results reveal a particle in the predicted size-range (125-126 GeV) of the hypothetical Higgs boson. In this graph of the two-photon decay experiment, the smooth curve corresponds to known background processes. There is a deviation at the predicted size range of the Higgs boson. The probability of such a deviation occurring without the Higgs boson existing is “three chances in a million”.
We stated last year that in 2012 we would either find a new Higgs-like particle or exclude the existence of the Standard Model Higgs. With all the necessary caution, it looks to me that we are at a branching point: the observation of this new particle indicates the path for the future towards a more detailed understanding of what we’re seeing in the data.” said CERN Research Director Sergio Bertolucci