Physicists offer theories to explain mysterious collision at Large Hadron Collider

Uncategorized
Share

Higgs

 

An unexpected bump in data from CERN’s Large Hadron Collider is causing physicists to theorize about what caused it — with potentially exciting results. Physicists are offering theories about what it could mean:

sciencedaily.com reports..

Physicists around the world were puzzled recently when an unusual bump appeared in the signal of the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, causing them to wonder if it was a new particle previously unknown, or perhaps even two new particles. The collision cannot be explained by the Standard Model, the theoretical foundation of particle physics.

Adam Martin, assistant professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame, said he and other theoretical physicists had heard about the results before they were released on Dec. 15, and groups began brainstorming, via Skype and other ways, about what the bump could mean if confirmed — a long shot, but an intriguing one. He and some collaborators from Cincinnati and New York submitted a pre-peer-review paper that appeared on arXiv.org on Dec. 23.

“It was so weird that people were forced to chuck their favorite theories and start from scratch,” Martin says. “That’s a fun area of particle physics. We’re looking into the unknown. Is it one new particle? Is it two new particles?”

The paper considers four possible explanations for the data, including the possibility that it could indicate a heavier version of the Higgs boson, also commonly known as “the God particle.” Further research could yield mundane explanations, Martin says, and the excitement could fade as it has many times in his career. Or it could open up new insights and call for new models.

“People are still cautiously optimistic,” he says. “Everybody knows that with more data, it could just go away. If it stays, it’s potentially really, really, really exciting.”

Authors of paper, “On the 750 GeV di-photon excess,” are Martin, Wolfgang Altmannshofer, Jamison Galloway, Stefania Gori, Alexander L. Kagan and Jure Zupan.

—Read more here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/01/160108210123.htm

Uncategorized
Soldiers Were Attacked By UFO, Suffer Ill Effects During Korean War
Share

Theories range from high-tech Soviet death rays to extraterrestrials studying human combat to combat-stress-induced hallucinations. Related PostsCIA document states “Russian soldiers were turned to STONE” after Alien attackCOMETA Report (1999) On UFOs And Their Possible Implications For Defence In FranceCOMETA Report (1999) On UFOs And Their Possible Implications For Defence …

Uncategorized
Is Iran or America the World’s Leading State Sponsor of Terror?
Share

The United States named Iran on Wednesday as the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism, name-dropping six countries where Iran is said to be fomenting violence. Related PostsWhen is the World Going to Impose Sanctions on America?Chomsky to RT: ‘Any reader of Orwell would be perfectly familiar’ with US maneuversWorld Watching …

Uncategorized
Possible Site of Atlantis Found Using Satellite Imagery
Share

Thanks to Plato’s account of the lost city and Google Earth, new visual and arithmetic clues suggest that the mythical city of Atlantis may have been hiding in plain sight the entire time, in rather an unlikely place.   Related PostsWATCH Google Earth Used to Find “Atlantis” Below Antarctic Ice‘A …