Researchers at the Large Hadron Collider b (LHCb) collaboration have discovered two never-before-observed particles conforming to the ‘quark-model’ of physics in high-energy collisions. Excitingly, the team have also uncovered enticing hints at a third more exotic particle.
The double-slit experiment may be the most extraordinary and replicated experiments in physics, bringing the fact the matter has both particle and wave properties to the attention of science. Now a team of European researchers have performed the experiment with antimatter for the first time.
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) marked an impressive first on Wednesday 25th July when it accelerated an atom for the first time. The acceleration of the lead ion is hoped to be the first step towards reliable production and study of gamma rays and may eventually lead to the production of never before observed massive particles.
That headline may sound like the set-up for a geeky joke aimed at physicists, but in reality, it was the research question asked by a team of MSU scientists at the superconductor located within RIKEN’s Radioactive Isotope Beam Facility in Wako, Japan. The answer, they found, was far more than we expected.
The source of high-energy ‘cosmic neutrinos’ has eluded scientists for decades, that was until last September when such a particle struck a detector buried in ice at the South-Pole, research published in Science reveals. The event was coupled with the detection of a flaring ‘blazar’ by NASA’s Fermi Gamma-Ray Telescope giving us a clue as to the origin of high-energy neutrinos. This discovery is not just significant for our knowledge of these particles however, it may help usher in a whole new age of astronomy.
May 11th, 2018 marks what would have been the hundredth birthday of theoretical physicist Richard Feynman. Many physicists name Feynman, who passed away in February 1988, as their primary inspiration in the field and science enthusiasts all over the world frequently quote Feynman’s wit and blunt wisdom. According to a poll of scientists conducted by Physics World in 1999, Feynman was amongst the top ten physicists sharing acclaim with Einstein, Galileo and Newton. But what is it about the man that captivates so many?