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article imageWhat does the Higgs boson particle sound like?

By Tim Sandle     Jul 22, 2012 in Science
The answer to the question is, of course, no one knows. However, researchers from the Geant collaboration, who are involved with the Large Hadron Collider, have taken data and turned it into a piano solo.
According to ABC News, the Geant researchers have taken data from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), in Switzerland, and turned it into a short piano solo in an attempt to hear what the Higgs boson particle, announced on July 4, sounds like.
The interpretation is shown in the following video:
According to the BBC, the sound corresponding to the particle appears as a high note three-and-a-half seconds into the recording.
On July 4, scientists announced they had detected a particle weighing roughly 125 to 126 times the mass of the proton. The 'new' particle was consistent with the theoretical Higgs boson. The evidence came from two experiments at LHC, called ATLAS and CMS.
The data was taken from the ATLAS detector, the IT network that routes all of the LHC's data. The researchers turned the data into sound, in what they have called 'sonification'. By this, they turned the energies of collisions shown on that graph into musical notes.
Domenico Vicinanza, one of the team behind the sonic experiment, is quoted by Forbes as saying:
"The discovery of the Higgs-like particle is a major step forward in our knowledge of the world around us. By using sonification we are able to make this breakthrough easier to understand by the general public, highlighting the depth and breadth of the enormous research efforts by the thousands of scientists around the world involved with the Large Hadron Collider. Neither the discovery of the particle or this sonification process would have been possible without the high speed research networks that connect scientists across the world, enabling them to collaborate, analyze data and share their results."
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