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Large Hadron Collider 'may be producing a new type of matter' as collisions produce surprise results

Published: November 28, 2012
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Source: Daily Mail

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider beleive their experiments may have created a new type of matter.

They say, collisions between protons and lead ions at the LHC have resulted in surprising behavior in some of the particles created by the collisions

This suggests the collisions may have produced a new type of matter known as colour-glass condensate, as reported on MIT news. 

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

When beams of particles crash into each other at high speeds, the collisions yield hundreds of new particles, most of which fly away from the collision point at close to the speed of light.

However, the Compact Muon Solenoid team observed that in 2million lead-proton collisions, some pairs of particles flew away from each other with their respective directions correlated.

'Somehow they fly at the same direction even though it's not clear how they can communicate their direction with one another. That has surprised many people, including us,' says MIT physics professor Gunther Roland, whose group led the analysis of the collision data along with Wei Li, an assistant professor at Rice University.


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