miércoles, 7 de mayo de 2014

The Large Hadron Collider may have found a new form of matter

Scientists have discovered an elusive particle that may be an example of a tetraquark, an entirely new form of matter.

Experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, the overachieving device famous for finding the Higgs boson, have confirmed that a new particle called Z(4430) exists, and is the best evidence to date of a new form of matter called a tetraquark.

And now the LHC has spotted as many as 4,000 of the elusive particles, the researchers reported in ArXiv.org .

Before you get too excited, there is still work to be done to determine if Z(4430) really is a tetraquark, and, if so, what that means for us.

Thomas Cohen at the University of Maryland in College Park told New Scientist : "Our computers aren't yet big enough to solve the theory from first principles."

But the big first hurdle has been overcome - scientists have proved that Z(4430) really does exist and shown there's still so much we have to discovery about the world we live in.


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