**"As a layman, I would say, I think we have it," said Rolf-Dieter Heuer, director general of CERN at yesterday's seminar announcing the results of the search for the Higgs boson. But when pressed by journalists afterwards on what exactly "it" was, things got more complicated. "We have discovered a boson – now we have to find out what boson it is," he said cryptically. Eh? What kind of particle could it be if it isn't the Higgs boson? And why would it show up right where scientists were looking for the Higgs? We asked scientists at CERN to explain.**

**If we don't know the new particle is a Higgs, what do we know about it?
We know it is some kind of boson, says Vivek Sharma of CMS, one of the two Large Hadron Collider experiments that presented results on Wednesday. There are only two types of elementary particle in the standard model: fermions, which include electrons, quarks and neutrinos, and bosons, which include photons and the W and Z bosons. The Higgs is a boson – and we know the new particle is too because one of the things it decays into is a pair of high-energy photons, or gamma rays. According to the rules of mathematical symmetry, only a boson could decay into exactly two other photons.**

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