‘God particle’ leaves scholars thrilled

Published: 07th July 2012 10:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th July 2012 10:41 AM   |  A+A-

The Physics fraternity in Kochi are thrilled with the historic discovery, the capture of the ‘God particle’. Faculty members and students of Cochin University of Science and Technology are waiting for it to be fully confirmed.

“The confirmation, which may take at least six months, will prove that the Standard Model is the model of the universe. This is likely to help recreate astronomical objects and stars in the lab and tap the high energy it generates,” said V P N Nampoori, Emeritus Professor, School of Photonics.

He said that this is the link in the evolution of the universe.

The Higgs-Boson particles in the Higgs Boson field, the first field after universe came into existence are everywhere. It gives structure, form and shape to the universe, in short the foundation of the universe. As it is omnipresent but unseen and highly powerful and can be interpreted as God’s particle.

When asked about a parallel in the Indian system, he said: “We can draw parallels to it in Indian system as ‘Parabrahmam’, which does not have form, shape or structure and the ‘Hiranyagarbha’ through which it is believed that universe came into being. He also alluded to E C G Sudarshan’s book, ‘Doubt and Certainty’. But modern science  follows a different methodology. “Stephen Hawking has said there is no need of God for creation. Even vacuum has energy which will create a wave fluctuation which further generates particles,” he said.

V C Kuriakose, Emeritus scientist, Physics Department said the scientists can now can proceed with their experiments with confidence.

“Experiments have almost proved Peter Higgs’ hypothesis of 1964. It is Higgs-Boson quantum particle which contributes mass to all other particles of the universe. Since experiments have not proved the alternate theories, if it is established, we know that we are moving in the right direction,” he said.

Students are relieved that the experiments have substantiated the theory.

“So far we proceeded with the hope that the standard model would be right but now that has almost been confirmed we can go ahead with confidence,” said Nijo Varghese, a research scholar with the Physics Department.

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