CERN’s LHCb Experiment Discovers “Exotic” New Particle

By on July 14, 2015 // Science // 1 Comment

Image: CERN / LHCb Collaboration
Image: CERN / LHCb Collaboration

The mad scientists over at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider announced today the discovery of a brand new particle: the pentaquark.

According to the official press release, up until today the existence of the pentaquark was purely hypothetical. Earlier experiments “proved inconclusive.” However, the magic of the Large Hadron Collider and the LHCb experiment has allowed scientists to see things in a whole new way:

“Where the LHCb experiment differs is that it has been able to look for pentaquarks from many perspectives, with all pointing to the same conclusion. It’s as if the previous searches were looking for silhouettes in the dark, whereas LHCb conducted the search with the lights on, and from all angles.”

A pentaquark is composed of four quarks and an antiquark. Or, as LHCb physicist Tomasz Skwarnicki tells us, “More precisely … two up quarks, one down quark, one charm quark, and one anti-charm quark.”

That’s a lot of quarks (disclaimer: I know next to nothing about quarks).

But what can we learn from all this? LHCb spokesperson Guy Wilkinson holds the answer:

“It represents a way to aggregate quarks, namely the fundamental constituents of ordinary protons and neutrons, in a pattern that has never been observed before in over fifty years of experimental searches. Studying its properties may allow us to understand better how ordinary matter, the protons and neutrons from which we’re all made, is constituted.”

The Large Hadron Collider, located in Geneva, Switzerland, reawakened earlier this year after a two-year hiatus. No word yet on when it will create a black hole and swallow the earth. I’ll keep you posted.

Check out the full press release here.

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  • JayQ330

    Placing with fire, this sounds like they’ll start picking at the building blocks of our reality… Everyone knows that quantum’s are all connected, as a matter of fact if you take 2 quantum *I done remember how this was done, but it’s also the theory of making synthetic wormhole* quantum’s apart & somehow make quantum A vibrate it spin, then quantum B will vibrate or spin in the same exact way, in force & energy. The only thing is that it will do it in the opposite way. The ying yang symbol is a good idea to look at it. No matter the distance they would react to the other quantum instantly, across the universe or whatever *instant transmission, communication, whatever else it can be used for* so if this is messed with, it could possibly affect a large area or cause a chain reaction… It’s almost magic, I hope they don’t ef anything up.