Example of Simulated Data
Modeled on Large Hadron Collider at CERN*
© CERN PhotoLab / Experiments and Tracks
Higgs Hides Still
What do they matter,
these quarks and electrons?
Higgs hides, still, holding
the one key to the hole
in our understanding
of the universe,
giving our search for it
a mass we cannot
move through the space
we occupy without falling
into darkness. It's been ages
and nobody's found it,
yet, the world keeps spinning.
Underground, at CERN, protons
collide with themselves
at greatest speed and particles
now smaller are sifted for signs
the scientists are on the right
track. God, they will tell you,
never enters their equations.
© 2012 Maureen E. Doallas
* Explanation here.
Last fall, the quest to find Higgs boson was all over the news, following experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest particle accelerator, in Geneva, Switzerland; it was reported that those tests offered clues to the so-called "God particle" that would explain the existence of mass. (See, for example: "Q&A: The Higgs boson" at BBC, December 13, 2011; "What is the Higgs boson and why is it important?" at CNN, December 14, 2011;"Higgs Boson: One Page Explanation"; and "Physicists find 'tantalizing hints' of Higgs Boson 'God particle'" at Los Angeles Times. In addition to a video, the latter references in a sidebar an additional noteworthy resource that explains how the collider works. Another video containing CERN animations is here.) I found fascinating this need to explain, and tried to reduce to poetic form a bit of the search for the elusive.
CERN, European Organization for Nuclear Research
Higgs Boson (Dedicated Website)
Live Science Gallery: Search for the Higgs Boson (A model in LEGOS of the Large Hadron Collider is shown in photo 5.)