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10 November 2012
DURGAPUR, 10 NOV: Dr Rudiger Voss, head of CERN’s (European Organisation for Nuclear Research) International Relations Office, was the guest of honour at the 8th convocation of the National Institute of Technology (a deemed university) here today.
Dr Voss said: “We've made a significant achievement as our experiment was close to Higgs Boson ~ known as God’s Particle ~ this year. This has lent a remarkable substance to the much-expected line of work in search of the mystery behind the creation of the universe.”
Dr Voss said: “The boson itself is proof that the Higgs mechanism was correct. If the Higgs mechanism is correct, that means the Standard Model is basically correct, which means scientists are on the right track to explaining how the universe works at its most basic levels.”
Top CERN officials, meanwhile, were yet to say for certain whether the new particle detected last July was indeed the elusive tiny Higgs Boson.
Dr Voss said: “That still doesn't explain dark matter, gravity and neutrinos. The ‘God’s Particle’ as we have come to know is surely not the ultimate answer to explain so many things. It's just a five per cent achievement against our final destination. We need to dig further and the second phase of operation is to begin in the last quarter of 2014.”
The Higgs Boson, as most top scientists have started believing now, is not the final word about what underlies the Standard Model of particle physics ~ the theory that describes the most basic elements of matter and the forces through which they interact. Even if the Higgs Boson is discovered, the question will still remain why masses are what they are.
CERN has got a collaborative bilateral link-up with NIT and contributes its senior scientists to address the convocation of the tech varsity.
Dr Bikash Sinha, also a significant contributor to CERN experiments incidentally is the Chairman, Board of Governor of the NIT.