# The Higgs boson

In a writeup about the Higgs Boson a comment was made that a particle discovered in the Cern collider looked like he elusive Higgs particle. When it is said that the particle (LOOKS) like the elusive Higgs are they actually looking at the particle or are looking at the effects of the particle.

The Higgs Boson has a life time of roughly $10^{-22}$ s. As such, it will decay before entering any of the detectors around the LHC accelerator. What we see is not the Higgs Boson, but the decay products of the Higgs Boson. These decay products lead to a so called resonance behavior in a given invariant mass. For example, in the invariant mass distribution of events with two photons, you can see the following bump around 125 GeV (the mass of the Higgs):