Physicists have discovered an unprecedented particle standing on a countertop

Researchers have discovered a new particle that is a magnetic relative of Higgs boson. While the discovery of the Higgs boson required the enormous accelerating power of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), this unprecedented particle – called the axial Higgs boson – was discovered using an experiment that would fit on a small kitchen counter.

In addition to being the first of its own, this magnetic cousin of the Higgs boson – the particle responsible for imparting mass to other particles – could be a candidate for dark matter, which represents 85% t of the total mass of the universe, but is revealed only by gravity.

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