Does 'God Particle' Spell End of the Universe?

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Last summer, when scientists finally cornered the elusive building block of the universe known as the Higgs boson, they apparently also discovered something else: that the universe's days might be numbered.

"It may be that the universe we live in is inherently unstable," said Joseph Lykken, a theoretical physicist from the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. "And at some point, billions of years from now, it's all going to get wiped out,"

Scientists refer to last year's discovery as a Higgs boson-like particle, since they're still working to confirm it really is the elusive particle. The Higgs boson, also called the "God particle", is believed to give all objects mass. But Lykken says it could also spell doom for the universe.

Lykken shared his conclusions at the 2013 meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The scientist has also worked with CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's biggest and most powerful particle accelerator, which helped identify the Higgs boson-like particle."If you use all the physics that we know now and you do what you think is a straightforward calculation, it's bad news," said Lykken, according to the Reuters news agency.

The Large Hadron Collider/ATLAS at CERN (Photo: CERN)
A simulated data model of the Higgs boson (Photo: CERN)

The calculation Lykken refers to requires knowing the mass of the Higgs to within one percent, as well as the precise mass of other related subatomic particles.

According to Lykeen if any changes are made to the parameters of the Standard Model of particle physics, even by just a little bit, that you'll get a different end of the universe.

"This calculation tells you that many tens of billions of years from now, there'll be a catastrophe," Lykken told Reuters.

The Standard Model of particle physics provides an explanation for sub-nuclear physics and some aspects of cosmology in the earliest moments of the universe. In the standard model, it's the Higgs boson that gives mass to all particles.

Lykken foresees the Armageddon scenario like this, "A little bubble of what you might think of as an 'alternative' universe will appear somewhere and then it will expand out and destroy us."

He believes the cataclysmic event will take place quite quickly, at the speed of light.

The good news for planet Earth is that the end of the universe won't occur for billions of years, long after the Sun burns out, an occurence which will destroy Earth long before the universe's number is up.

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Source: Voice of America


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  4 Comments   Comment

  1. Rafatullah Siddiqi from INDIA

    End of the universe has already been revealed to the mankind by ALLAH SUBHANAHU in His revelation in the form of QurAan, the most recited religious book in the world existing in its original form even after 1434 years of its revelation. One can read chapters 78,81&82 to know how the world would come to its end.The end would come faster than the blinking of the eye.

    Rafatullah Siddiqi

  2. Kam from Brazil

    Was God particle Higg's Boson predicted anywhere in Th Book? So who is right

    here, The Book or Dr. Higgs?

  3. iqra from usa

    None can predict about nature or universe, what may happen and when.

  4. luqman sani from Nigeria

    Salaam.Well,whatever the set of 'bright minds' might ever postulate,one thing remains for sure-the World,sooner or later,must come to an end and we'll all BE RETURNED to our Creator,ALLAAH.A reality which many unfortunately still belie by words or actions,'sigh' such a pity.One only prays that,as Muslims,we are not too engrossed with the affairs of this Dunya and get caught napping when either of the anticipated 'return' appears.