Prodigal Particle – Oil on canvas
30” x 20” 

Based upon the collision of two protons giving rise to the higgs boson.

Particles come in two varieties: bosons and fermions. The Higgs particle falls into the category of bosons, named for a physicist best known for his collaborations in the 1920s with Albert Einstein. Some of the pair’s work resulted in the invention of Bose-Einstein statistics, a way to describe the behavior of a class of particles that now shares Bose’s name.

  • Two teams at the LHC have collided 350 trillion protons this year in the hope to see the Higgs boson, with apparently only 10 or so producing a reliable candidate for the Higgs boson.
  • The Higgs boson is named after particle physicist Peter Higgs, who proposed the idea of the particle in 1964.
  • The theory has it that as the universe cooled after the Big Bang, an invisible force known as the Higgs field formed. Particles then gain their mass bypassing through this field.
  • The nickname ‘God particle’ was given to it because without it, the rest of physics cannot be explained according to the “Standard Model.”
  • Professor Stephen Hawking once placed a $100 bet that the particle did not exist.
  • Its existence would help to explain why particles have mass and – on a more basic level -why heavy things are harder to push.
  • The Large Hadron Collidor (LHC), the particle-accelerating machine being used to discover the Higgs Boson, cost over £6 billion to make.
  • When the Large Hadron Collider’s was switched on in 2008, there were fears that it might create a black hole that would swallow the Earth. It didn’t.
  • The Large Electron Positron (LEP) collider was CERN’s flagship accelerator from 1989 to 2000, but closed after failing to find the Higgs boson.
  • If it exists, the Higgs boson is most likely to have a mass somewhere between 114 and 141GeV (gigaelectronvolts), where one GeV is roughly equivalent to the mass of a proton.

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This is a painting of two protons smashing into one another at 99.9999% the speed of light giving rise to a multitude of sub atomic particles and most importantly – the Higgs boson.

So why is this important? The discovery of the Higgs boson which popped into existence for a split second before disappearing into another dimension was the missing key for physicists to unlock the understanding of how the universe works. Without it nothing would appear to have mass.

The Higgs field is everywhere, like gravity, it’s not just something that happens out in space, or only at CERN – it’s inside you, it’s part of you, and for all intents and purposes, it defines you.

If you want to learn a bit more about it, this is a pretty nifty little 3 min video

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The prodigal particle – oil on canvas

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