(ORDO NEWS) — Physicists from the European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN), working at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), discovered a completely new kind of subatomic particles. The composition of the find puzzled scientists.
The still unnamed particle is the first of the known ones, which consists entirely of quarks of the same type, which are building materials for subatomic particles.
According to a study published on June 30, 2020, a new particle consists of four Charming Quarks (c-quarks), and this feature will help physicists better understand the forces that hold particles in the Universe together.
A C-quark is one of six “varieties” (often referred to as “flavors”) of quarks, interconnected by a poorly studied fundamental force. Scientists hope that the discovered particle, consisting of the same type of quarks, will help to understand how this invisible force works.
“Particles of four quarks are already exotic. The particle that we discovered is the first of the known, consisting of four heavy quarks of the same type, in particular two Charming quarks and two Charming antiquarks,” commented the opening representative of the project Giovanni Passaleva.
“Today’s event opens another exciting chapter in a scientific book that allows us to study the particles and matter that shape the world,” said CERN spokeswoman Chris Parks.
The team is going to double-check the results of the study, because there remains a tiny probability that it was not tetraquark that was found, but two pairs of quarks, interconnected, like atoms in a molecule.
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