Thursday, November 29, 2012

Atom Smasher Creates New Kind of Matter

A proton collides with a lead nucleus, sending a shower of particles through the CMS detector.

 

Collisions between particles inside the Large Hadron Collider atom smasher have created what looks like a new form of matter.

The new kind of matter is called color-glass condensate, and is a liquidlike wave of gluons, which are elementary particles related to the strong force that sticks quarks together inside protons and neutrons (hence they are like "glue").

Scientists didn't expect this kind of matter wouldresult from the typeof particle collisions going on at the Large Hadron Collider at the time. However, it may explain some odd behavior seen inside the machine, which is a giant loop where particles race around underneath Switzerland and France.

For the rest of the story: http://www.livescience.com/25064-lhc-particle-collisions-new-matter.html

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