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Physicists Confirm Existence of New Particle
By Wired UK July 21, 2011 | 11:00 am | Categories: Physics

By Duncan Geere, Wired UK

Physicists working at Fermilab’s particle accelerator have confirmed the observation of an entirely new particle — the the Xi-sub-b baryon.

Baryons are particles formed of three quarks, in different configurations. The proton is a baryon that consists of two up and one down quark, and the neutron is two down and one up. The Xi-sub-b has an up quark, a strange quark (yes, that’s its real name) and a heavy bottom quark (again, real name), meaning that it weighs around six times as much as a proton or neutron.

Its existence has been predicted for some time, but hadn’t previously been observed. It doesn’t stick around long, though — traveling a fraction of a millimeter before decaying into lighter particles.

Happily, Fermilab has smashed together almost 500 trillion sets of particles, so researchers were able to verify the particle’s existence multiple times over. The Xi-sub-b has been spotted 25 times.

Fermilab’s Tevatron, where the Xi-sub-b was discovered, is based in Illinois in the United States, and was the highest-energy particle accelerator in the world until the Large Hadron Collider opened below Geneva.

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/ ... -particle/

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July 21st, 2011, 11:38 am
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ok educate a non-scientist. what does this mean to me in English? I understand the smashing together of the atoms, and even have a vuege idea of what a quark is, but what does this new particle mean to me? new Materials to create with? am I gonna have to dust more? help me out here.

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The smallest particles we thought were building blocks seem to exist in different states and through lots of energy can be converted to other small particles.

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sooooo we're talking about posible improvements in electric turbines then??

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EDIT: NO

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it wasnt a lie..it was a question........

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........what does this new paticle do, and how can it effect the world. by your response you made it sound as if it may be able to be used to improve.......something.....i though t you meant turbines but im guessin no now.

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would you please re-read this thread and tell me how im supposed to tell YOU anything???? IM THE ONE ASKING!!!!

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Let's ask like you never said anything about turbines? Deal? That solves a lot of problems

I'll just delete my half of the convo and we can start over.

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The discovery of a new particle doesn't really do anying tangible for us - just furthers our understanding of the universe.

Unless it's a particle with a known function like the Higgs boson - someone with a better understanding of physics may need to correct/elaborate on that.


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Honestly, I have no idea what it means, I just thought it was interesting that scientists were able to discover something 'new'

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It's cool and things that we discover that seemingly mean nothing one day may end up being the exact thing we need to do something we couldn't dream of today.

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TheRealWags wrote:
Honestly, I have no idea what it means, I just thought it was interesting that scientists were able to discover something 'new'


It's definitely interesting. Love this stuff, need to reread bhot.


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