US physicists said on Monday that they were unable to confirm the findings of an atom-smasher experiment that caused speculation in April over the possibility that a new force of nature had been discovered.
The DZero (D0) collaboration at the US Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory have said the data found by their sister project, the Collider Detector at Fermilab (CDF), could not be replicated, AFP reported.
“We have looked among two hundred trillion particle collisions, and we don’t see the excess reported by CDF,” said a statement by DZero spokesman Dmitri Denisov.
For more than a year physicists have been studying what appears to be a “bump” in the data from the Illinois-based Fermi lab, which operates the powerful particle accelerator, or atom-smasher, Tevatron.
The theorized particle has been coveted by particle physicists advocating the “Standard Model” of physics since 1964. The “Standard Model” describes the known particles.
The Higgs boson is often referred to as “the God particle” by the media due to its importance in giving objects mass.