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Reviewers say ‘yes’ to Higgs boson data

Close to rubber-stamping the discovery

Particle collision in the Large Hadron Collider

Two months ago, CERN set the physics world a-fire with its Higgs boson announcement: the particle exists, they said, we’ve seen it, and it has a mass of between 122 and 131 GeV.

At that point, the “discovery” entered a long formal process that’s taken another small step with publication – and therefore acceptance by peer review – in Physics Letters B.

There are two papers now available at Physics Letters B: this one by the ATLAS team, and this from the CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) team.

Publication in Physics Letters B is a nice hat-tip to Peter Higgs, whose letter Broken symmetries, massless particles and gauge fields in the same journal was seminal to understanding the particle that eventually bore his name. ®

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