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It was a particle that Wichita State University Professor Nick Solomey - and many others - was skeptical would ever be seen.
But the potential discovery of the Higgs boson field opens new avenues for physicists.
"I was a little skeptical of the Higgs one, but the Higgs one - once you say the Higgs exists, you know the Higgs field is there," Solomey said. "We might be able to do some really fantastic technologies with the Higgs field."
Solomey used the hyperbole example of an object with plenty of mass, such as a table, being changed.
"If you could put it in some type of container that could remove the Higgs field, you could make it massless. Imagine the technologies that that would lead to," he said.
The discovery is potentially one answer that leads to a litany of new questions.
"We now know there is a Higgs field present," Solomey said. "Where does it come from? What's its origin? How do we manipulate it? Can we control it?
"The future will be exciting."
Solomey discussed the impact of the Higgs boson and its discovery on KFDI's "At Issue" program with Wil Day. A copy of the podcast can be downloaded here.