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Last week, physicists announced that the Tevatron particle accelerator at Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois, has produced particles that they are unable to explain. Could it be a sign of new physics?
First, they saw far more muons coming from the collisions than expected. But crucially, some of these muons seemed to have been created outside of the beam pipe: they had left no trace in the innermost layer of the detector.
Neal Weiner of New York University agrees. "If this is right, it is just incredibly exciting,"
Originally posted by Saf85
Wonderful, although I have no idea what breakthroughs it could result in, if it helps advance technology, then that is a good thing in general (unless they make some anti matter bomb from it etc lol).
Originally posted by buddhasystem
I've been involved in particle detector design and simulation for a while, and that's very delicate business. The whole observation could be explained by an imperfect geometrical model in simulation, or by finicky inner tracker. I'd sit on the fence with this one, right now.