Rumors!

May 28, 2007

(No, not the album.) The scandalous gossip swirling around the collider physics world at the moment is that the DØ experiment at the Tevatron has seen Something Interesting and Statistically Significant, and will announce this Real Soon Now. The 4-bottom-tagged-jets channel keeps getting mentioned, but it’s unclear if the interesting feature is a characteristic of the 4b signal, or of 2 bottom jets within the event. (In other words, it might be a resonance that cascades to 4 bottom quarks, or production of a Higgs and something that decays to 2 bottom quarks, or …) Not being a DØ member, I have no idea whether any of this is true, but it’s sufficient to have excited a number of CDF people into checking if they’ve missed something.

A totally apocryphal metarumor: supposedly the leak was traced back to a young experimentalist’s blog.

Tommaso graciously volunteers to anonymously pass on your leaks here.

UPDATE: if you’ve been linked here from any page involving the word Slate, please take a look at this follow-up post.

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