Physicists at Fermilab might have found evidence of a new elementary particle or an entirely new force of nature, suggesting the nation's biggest science experiment is about to go out with a bang.
A new analysis of 10,000 proton-antiproton collisions at the Tevatron showed a weird result a couple hundred times — the numbers do not agree with the accepted theories of elementary particles and the forces that govern them. Post-collision jets of electrons and heavy particles called W bosons did not behave as they should.
The New York Times' Dennis Overbye explains: "In about 250 times more cases than expected, the total energy of the jets clustered around a value of about 144 billion electron volts, as if they were the decay products of a hitherto unsuspected particle with that mass-energy."
There are actually a few anomalies in the data, including asymmetrical behavior of top quarks. Together the data suggest a new particle, a new force or at the very least, new behavior among recognized particles and forces. This new particle could be a new boson, though not the elusive Higgs (the Higgs decays into heavier particles than this new thing does). One theory posted to the physics arXiv says it could be a new brand of Z boson. Another theory posits that it's a heavy version of a gluon, the particle that glues quarks together, reports Science News.
Whatever it is has physicists pretty excited. Fermilab theorist Christopher Hill, who was not part of the team, told the New York Times: "If it is real, it would be the most significant discovery in physics in half a century."
Last fall, Fermilab physicists said they detected evidence for a new class of neutrino, a "sterile" particle that only interacts through gravity. Those results came out of the MiniBooNE detector; this is is the result of a different experiment, Tevatron's CDF experiment.
The team posted their results to the physics arXiv online and submitted the results to the journal Physical Review Letters. As the Times points out, verifying these results would be an impressive finale for the Tevatron, which will shut down later this year when it runs out of money.
But that leaves even more juicy targets for the Large Hadron Collider.
The Tevatron looks like a Stargate lol.
I wonder if it's possible that these abnormal results are due to neutrinos that got in the way of the collisions, or were too close when the collision was occuring. And since we really don't know much at all about neutrinos, I sure hope they aren't leaving that out of the equation.
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reasearch nassim haramein...he beleives that at the core of every atom is a tiny black hole....interesting theory...becuase atoms actually become infinitaly smaller...so science will always find new sub-atomic particles. Worth a look at least.
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Not that I'm questioning the significance of this find, but can we please stop calling every new discovery "the most significant in _____ years"? None of them are insignificant, of course, but they can't all be the *most* significant.
So, Septimus, how would you rate the discovery of an entirely new particle or force? On a scale from one to ten? If verified, this would indeed be an extremely significant discovery in sub-atomic physics. It is important for the public to realize that the Large Hadron Collider will be doing a lot more research than just looking for the Higgs boson.
That machine looks alot like a 'stargate'
It goes to show that this legendary lab still has great physics that can be done.
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u mean they moved the stargate from cheyenne mountain and placed it in the fermilab?
so i guess they stopped using the iris and added a giant bank vault door to block incoming wormholes.
although, the unstable vortex might be able to cause fluxuations in some stuff far beyond my current math/physics grade.
I'm no physicist, so this was a little hard for me to understand, but will this change certain theories that we have? Or rather would it just expound on knowledge? How much of an impact would it have? (I can't really think of any other discoveries in the past 50 years).
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What is that written on the beam at the top of the picture? Please tell me that they're not writing on the walls and have actual paper / whiteboards to do their math on.
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It looks to me like they all signed it. Probably at the grand opening or maybe each person that worked there. I've seen it done other places. I realize they're running out of funding but I'm pretty sure they can still afford paper :)
@CodeZero your right. it looks more like what a REAL stargate would look like, not a piece of Styrofoam (no really I love stargate and sad to see the BEST entry so far Universe canceled). this is VERY exciting. BUT I have a question: "“If it is real, it would be the most significant discovery in physics in half a century.”" why is this? how is quark glue or Z Boson going to change anything. I get that is a big deal. but why the biggest in 50 years? if its a force of nauture, that is indeed a big deal, but still... if it is a new force it does not seem to effect much, then again, it may effect EVERYTHING (then again cant that be said for EVERYTHING single particle and force of nature so that brings me back to why the discovery of the century)
They keep saying it's the most important in ___ years because new discoveries are constantly being made.
What might be the most important today, might be revealed as not very important a year from now, or might be replaced by an even more important discovery tomorrow.
Our models of reality, and hence the importance of contributions to those models are constantly in a state of flux.
I'm not going to have to kill a bunch of headcrabs now am I?
It is the Planck mass in a hyperspace co-dimension where the speed of light is 1 meter/second
That was the symbols for the stargate!
Here is a better pic of it
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To me, with the color scheme, it looks like a chunk of Optimus Prime.
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I hope the new particle or force ends up allowing us to find a way to make a warp drive.
"video...in which I talk about levitation, walking through walls..."
How about a video where you levitate and walk through walls instead?
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