It could conceivably not be the Higgs boson, but a the unknown particle is a “near match,” say researchers at Rice University, who contributed to the findings produced with CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.
“In our current understanding, all of the fundamental particles of nature get their mass through the Higgs mechanism,” says Frank Geurts. “So, if we don’t find the Higgs particle—if that’s not there—then we seriously have to rethink why we exist at all.”
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