Awaiting Fairies

We all await the new constraints on the SM Higgs mass, which will follow from the new measurement of W mass. Tommaso has already given away that the first four digits are 8040 which can only mean $m_W$ = 80.40 GeV. Meanwhile, the no Higgs vote has stabilised at just above 50%. Will all CDF worker family members please refrain from feeding the CDF worker too much food over the next couple of weeks. They have a lot of work to do.

Update: It’s now official …
$m_W = 80.413 \pm 0.048$ GeV


6 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    L. Riofrio said,

    If, as the poll suggests there is no Higgs, then the physics establishment will look very bad.

  2. 2

    Kea said,

    Hi Louise

    Unfortunately, we will probably have to wait a few more years until the observational situation is clear.

  3. 3

    quantum diaries survivor said,

    Hi Kea,

    yes, I apologize… Yesterday night I was quite drank, and I gave away a zero while a 1 should have been there.


  4. 4

    Kea said,

    Hee, hee, Tommaso. Good to know you’re enjoying yourself. A 1 sounds better to me! Unfortunately, the Higgs is still going to come in with an upper bound above 114 GeV, heh?

  5. 5

    quantum diaries survivor said,

    heee heee… Yes the higgs is not dead yet. Oh, and drank –> drunk (maybe there was some alcohol still in my body as I wrote the last comment).

    Anyway. The W mass is blessed, but not public yet!!! I removed it from my blog, but of course you need not do the same – you are not a member of CDF!

    And besides, I am not even dreaming of asking you to do it 🙂


  6. 6

    CarlBrannen said,

    I got my category theory textbook, and will begin reading it. Also, I’ve started a thread at Physics Forums.

    The book looks very very readable.

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