Hadron Collider Detects New Particle!
July 11, 2017
The large Hadron Collider detected a new particle that’s heavier than a proton.
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. It was built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). It is a giant circular tunnel built underground. Inside the accelerator, two high-energy particle beams travel at close to the speed of light before they are made to collide.
WHAT DID IT DISCOVER?
Researchers working on the LHCb experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider have announced the discovery of the esoterically named Xicc++ particle. The Xicc++ is a baryon, the family of particles that make up the most ordinary matter and includes the likes of protons and neutrons.
As the Xicc++ is the first baryon to contain two heavy quarks, it will push the theory in a new direction. Physicists hope studying the new particle will help them test quantum chromodynamics, the theory of the strong force.