Experts searching for evidence of new particles have created a new project, and in doing so have turned to an unlikely source for help: the internet.
This projects, called Higgs Hunters (www,higgshunters.org), invites online volunteers to spot tiny explosions that could serve as evidence for new particles that will require new models of physics. This website, which was launched by scientists working on the ATLAS experiment, allows members of the public to view over 25,000 images that were taken at CERN’S Large Hadron Collider, reports the Hindustan Times.
Following the origins of tracks on these photographs would enable viewers to spot tiny sub-explosions which occur when a Higgs Boson “dies”. Scientists believe that these explosions could create a brand new particle to the world of physics. In fact, many theorize that the events that occur when a Higgs Boson “dies” could even be more exciting and important to the field than when the existence of Higgs Boson was first found.
Volunteers would help the scientists by studying the pictures and relaying what they see. In the experiment itself, protons are smashed together at one billion kilometers per hour, which generates enough force to create Higgs Bosons. Once created, these particles then rapidly decay into other particles. Scientists believe that this decay could actually lead to a previously undiscovered particle. Researchers are seeking the help of volunteers because, while simulations have predicted that these new particles could leave tell-tale tracks, these tracks would be difficult for computers to identify. However, such tracks could be more easily recognizable to the human eye.