Friday, January 26, 2007

News on the Higgs

I may get this slightly wrong, but I wanted to report on some interesting blog entries here and here, from Cosmic Varience.

It appears that this bump may be the Higgs. Unfortunately, I gather in particle physics you need a 5-sigma confidence to claim discovery. This was only a 2.5-sigma confidence. In other words we are 98% confident but need to be 99.9999427% confident to claim discovery in the world of particle physics.

None the less, it is a really exciting result. Perhaps we are really homing in on the 5-sigma confidence we need. That is exciting! Supersymmetry barrier, here we come!

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