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The Boson

Peter Higgs realized that, in analogy with other quantum fields, there would have to be a particle associated with this new field. It would have intrinsic spin of zero and therefore be a boson, a particle with integer spin (unlike fermions, which have half-integer spin: 1/2, 3/2, etc.), and indeed it soon became known as the Higgs boson. The only drawback was that no one had seen it.

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