BATAVIA, Ill. (CBS) — A Fermi lab physicist has delivered the ultimate downer, the entire universe is ending, in some uncounted billions of years hence. WBBM’s John Cody has a look at the upcoming event.
Particle Theoretical Physicist Joseph Lykken said the mass value for the Higgs particle believed found at CERN in Europe is 126 GEV, exactly at the tipping point that makes the universe unstable and thus doomed
“Just through quantum fluctuations that we have no control over there will be a little bubble of a different kind of universe that will appear somewhere out in space. But unfortunately, once that bubble appears, it will be energetically favorable it to expand at the speed of light and eventually engulf everything and as it does that, it will wipe out everything in its path,” said Dr Lykken.
Dr Lykken at Fermi Lab said there’s no nothing we can do to stop it.
“Of course it will be billions of years before it happens anyways so humans won’t be around in any event. But also, we can’t cause it so we don’t have to worry that we are going to accidentally do something like this,” said Lykken.
Dr Lykken said the only back door is if the mass of the Higgs particle just a fraction off from what CERN has found, the universe might not end. So stay tuned.