They come in different flavors and sizes, some come in destructive duos that essentially vaporize each other, and many have fantastical names like sparticles and neutrolinos. Here are the tiny particles that leave even physicists drooling.
The Higgs boson, a particle so important to science that it’s been dubbed the “God particle,” is thought to give mass to all other particles. The particle was first theorized in 1964 when scientists wondered why some particles are more massive than others. The Higgs boson is associated with the so-called Higgs field, a lattice of sorts thought to fill the universe, and the two (the field and the boson, or particle) are thought to be responsible for giving other particles mass.
While many scientists hope the Higgs mechanism holds the missing puzzle piece to complete the existing “Standard Model” of physics that describes the known particles, it has yet to be detected.