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New Particle Throws Monkeywrench in Particle Physics
The hits just keep on coming from Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. So far this month, the lab has announced the discovery of a rare single top quark, and then narrowed the gap — twice, actually — for the mass of the elusive Higgs Boson particle, or "God particle," thought to give all other particles their mass.
Now, scientists have detected a new, completely untheorized particle that challenges what physicists thought they knew about how quarks combine to form matter. They're calling it Y(4140), reflecting its measured mass of 4140 Mega-electron volts.
Originally posted by jdub297
reply to post by pazcat
LHC should be ready any time now and the competition will be fierce. I have read that quantum physicists are among the most competitive and discovery-aggressive of all scientists.
Good for the rest of us.