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Possible new particle discovered


Posted on Friday, 8 April, 2011 | Comment icon 9 comments | News tip by: Mac E


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Fermilab's Tevatron atom smasher in Illinois may have discovered a new particle or force of nature.

Scientists remain skeptical but are very much intrigued by the find which still needs to be confirmed, if it turns out to be true then it could completely transform high-energy physics. "The whole physics world is buzzing with this result," says physicist David Kawall.

"The discovery, first reported in the New York Times, was announced online Tuesday when the researchers posted a preview version of their research paper on the preprint site ArXiv."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by 747400 on 7 April, 2011, 13:50
Does this mean that they've discovered how to make an antimatter drive? Never mind the technicalities, let's just get down to practicalities. Or have they found the elusive Higgs-Boson?! That'd be a poke in the eye for the Large Halon Collider.
Comment icon #2 Posted by sepulchrave on 7 April, 2011, 14:26
No practicalities yet, I'm afraid. No antimatter drives either. These guys have found statistical evidence in weak interactions for a new ``something''... but whether a particle, interaction, decay path is unknown yet. Because it is the weak interaction, it is possible that it could involve the Higgs boson, but very unlikely. Fermilab has previously looked for the Higgs boson explicitly and couldn't find it, so I think the consensus is that this new thing isn't the Higgs. (See the arXiv paper, right column of page 7.) Because they don't know what this thing is yet it is also possible that it c... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by Evilution13 on 8 April, 2011, 14:10
I dicovered a new particle in my ear the other day. I believe it was the 'God particle'. Or part of my brain. But seriously, a very interesting devalopment in the world of subatomic particles.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Robbie333 on 8 April, 2011, 17:41
Well if this really does prove itself out it will be back to the old drawing board.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Ludwik on 8 April, 2011, 19:08
I dicovered a new particle in my ear the other day. I believe it was the 'God particle'. Or part of my brain. But seriously, a very interesting devalopment in the world of subatomic particles. Yes, indeed. But only highly trained people will understand the significance of this discovery. Ludwik . .
Comment icon #6 Posted by Venonat on 9 April, 2011, 1:28
I didn't know Fermilab was still in operation. And I like to think of myself as a science buff.
Comment icon #7 Posted by DieChecker on 9 April, 2011, 4:37
In the words of Mr. Spock... Facinating.
Comment icon #8 Posted by hammertime on 9 April, 2011, 18:34
This is an exciting development. There's still a 0.3% chance that the results are simply a statistical anomaly, which sounds small but there have been intriguing looking results in the past at the 0.3% significance level which have turned out to be just that - statistical anomalies. If this turns out to be correct then it will rewrite the physics textbooks as it's most likely not related to the elusive Higgs particle according to what I have read, which would suggest a new 5th fundamental force of nature.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Paracelse on 12 April, 2011, 5:02
Isn't strange that the Fermi lab who was supposed to close in a few months because it was becoming useless (LHC taking over) has its researchers just discover a new something something who might keep them working???


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