Monday, July 12, 2010


clipped from

Tommaso Dorigo, a physicist
at the University of Padua, has said in his blog that there has been talk
coming out of the Fermi
National Accelerator Laboratory
in Batavia, Illinois, that the Higgs has
been discovered.

The Tevatron, the huge particle accelerator at Fermi - the most powerful in
the world after the LHC
- is expected to be retired when the CERN accelerator becomes fully
operational, but may have struck a final blow before it becomes obsolete.

If one form of the rumour is to be believed - and Prof Dorigo is extremely
circumspect about it - then it is a "three-sigma" signature,
meaning that there is a statistical likelihood of 99.7 per cent that it is
correct. But, of course, that is only if the rumour is to be believed.

In the post, titled "Rumors
about a light Higgs
", Prof Dorigo said: "It reached my ear,
from two different, possibly independent sources, that an experiment at the
Tevatron is about to release some evidence of a light Higgs boson signal.