A Higgs Boson which was discovered last year might doom our universe to an unfortunate end, researchers say.
The particle which was uncovered at the world’s largest particle accelerator — the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva is a key ingredient in a calculation that portends the future of space and time.
“This calculation tells you that many tens of billions of years from now there’ll be a catastrophe,” Joseph Lykken, a theoretical physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill., said on Monday at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
“It may be the universe we live in is inherently unstable, and at some point billions of years from now it’s all going to get wiped out,” added Lykken, a collaborator on one of the LHC’s experiments.
The Higgs boson particle is a manifestation of an energy field pervading the universe called the Higgs field, which is thought to explain why particles have mass.
After searching for decades for proof that this field and particle existed, physicists at the LHC announced in July 2012 that they’d discovered a new particle whose properties strongly suggest it is the Higgs boson.