From Fermilab- “Frontier Science Result: CMS The Higgs boson’s big brother

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Friday, May 3, 2013
Jim Pivarski

“Evidence is mounting that the particle discovered last year is the long-sought Higgs boson. When it was announced, no one seemed more cautious of claiming that than its discoverers. But now, as experimental uncertainties shrink, they can confidently say that the particle has no intrinsic spin, it is mirror-symmetric, and it couples to other particles in rough proportion to their masses. These are all properties that the boson predicted by the Higgs mechanism must satisfy.

A heavy variant of the Higgs boson would decay primarily into W bosons or Z bosons. This is a decay mode newly added to the search. No imaged credit.

One property that the theory does not predict well, however, is the mass of that boson. All predictions relied on assumptions about physics beyond the Standard Model, but generally they were in the few-hundred-GeV range. When the LHC experiments began their search, they cast as wide a net as possible and seem to have made a catch at the low end, 125 GeV.

Standard Model

That’s not the end of the story: Even if the 125-GeV boson gives mass to the fundamental particles, it may not be acting alone. Nothing in the theory forbids multiple Higgs bosons. In fact, many of the predictions for a low-mass Higgs were based on supersymmetric extensions of the Standard Model, and these extensions require at least five Higgs bosons. So while some physicists study the properties of the boson in hand, others scour the net for more.”

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