Reviewers say ‘yes’ to Higgs boson data
Close to rubber-stamping the discovery
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.
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. ®
A rather ...impressive.. list of contributors in both articles, and a nice dedication showing how *long* the whole process has been.
And the articles are not behind a paywall for a change.. *shock*
> And the articles are not behind a paywall for a change.. *shock*
Indeed, and it gets better, from the "Open Access" section of each article:
> his article is published Open Access atsciencedirect.com.It is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 3.0,
Before the "Higgs Boson", which Peter Higgs calls "the boson that has been named after me", there was the now so-named "mechanism", called the "Anderson, Brout, Englert, Guralnik, Hagen, Higgs, Kibble and 't Hooft mechanism" by Peter Higgs, which was developed by quite a few people, working together or in competition over many years (a UK postal strike was even involved in determining what paper went to print first), so you have to toast to them all: