Citeren "Stephen P. King" <stephe...@charter.net>:
On 7/11/2012 4:07 AM, Bruno Marchal wrote:
On 10 Jul 2012, at 20:38, Stephen P. King wrote:
Say that it is not so!
Given the complexity of the experimental device, we can be sure that
e have to wait before having any reasonnable degree of certainty. We
can't test this at home!
Also, we could say that the discovery of the Higgs boson, if
confirmed, is disappointing, as it only confirms the theory, and so
we learn nothing (to think in the Deustch's manner).
Yes it is quite disappointing. This finding seems to be the one
that least upsets all of the people involved; as if it where the
purposeful product of a bureaucracy. I am convinced that it is a
"Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed."
~ Francis Bacon
We will learn a lot later. Note that the Standard Model doesn't predict
the mass of the Higgs, so we've already learned what this is (assuming
this is indeed the Standard Model Higgs boson). With a lot more data
we'll able to test the standardmodel prediction about the various
relative decay probabilities. Also the Higgs lifetime which depends on
all the decay probabilities, including to invisible particles that we
cannot detect, can be measured from the width of the resonance curve
from any of the decay channels. This was how the fact that there exists
3 neutrino types was measured by measuring the decay width of the Z
particle into charged leptons.
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