Reported by April V. Taylor
Multiple news sources, including the Huffington Post, are reporting that a new model based on the newly discovered Higgs boson particle, also known as “the God particle,” suggests that the universe should not exist. According to study co-author Robert Hogan, conditions created after the Big Bang should have caused the universe to collapse within microseconds of its birth. Hogan states, “During the early universe, we expected cosmic inflation – this is a rapid expansion of the universe right after the Big Bang. This expansion causes lots of stuff to shake around, and if we shake it too much, we could go into this new energy space, which could cause the universe to collapse.”
Hogan’s initial research used the existence of gravitational waves that twisted radiation and the Higgs field, which gave mass to particles to recreate the conditions of cosmic inflation. What he and other researchers found was that the extreme amount of volatile energy in the newborn universe created what is known as quantum fluctuation, which is thought to disrupt the Higgs field. This disruption would have caused the universe to transition to a significantly lower state of energy, which should have caused it to collapse. In essence, Hogan discovered that when models combine The Big Bang Theory and “the God particle,” the existence of the universe is not scientifically possible.
Hogan believes that there must be an undiscovered theory that can explain why this did not occur. One possible theory is that of supersymmetry that proposes that there are superpartner particles for all particles that are known to exist. This would mean that four other sibling particles coexist with “the God particle” and have similar masses but different electrical charges, which would help explain how the universe was able to retain stability and not collapse. Modern physics is currently aware of 17 elementary particles, with “the God particle” being the most recently discovered. Researchers will be using the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to continue their studies.
Particle physicist Fabiola Gianotti states, “We know that the Standard Model of physics that we have now does not explain some puzzles in nature. We know there has to be other models that can explain phenomena like dark matter and dark energy, and why we can have different generations of the same particle that are identical except for their mass. Find the Higgs (God) particle wasn’t the end of the story. It was the starting point on a new horizon.”