Bet on Higgs @ Tevatron vs LHC! June 22, 2007Posted by dorigo in games, internet, news, personal, physics, science.
Many thanks to Alejandro for pointing me to the following link:
There, you can buy shares of a bet on which laboratory will announce the Higgs discovery first. Before you run to your wallet, though: we are talking of fake money in a fantasy market.
In any case, it is not totally clear to me how serious this might ever be, even if it were real money that people bet there. I can imagine several instances when the mechanism fails to produce a clear-cut answer:
- the Higgs boson might not be found anywhere. Who gets the money ?
- a particle could be found at lab X, not claimed to be the Higgs, then found at lab Y, then some theorist could argue the particle found at lab Y is conclusively the Higgs boson. Who gets the money ?
- the two labs announce the discovery jointly. Who gets the money ?
Too unclear to ever put my $$ in a similar bet. I prefer to stay with my 1000$ out against new physics at the LHC. That bet is ruled by a gentleman’s agreement, and there can be no shaded areas.
…But if I were to bet…
I would bet against the Tevatron. Too many things can still go wrong and prevent CDF and D0 from acquiring even the 7/fb of data each which seems totally at reach today. And, even if they do get that much, it would take a lot of luck to see a significant signal.
But those are my two cents, and they are still in my pocket!