CERN has detected extremely rare particle decay for the first time
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is closed for refurbishment until later this year. But that doesn't discontinue the findings from flooding in. While examining through data from 2011 and 2012, particle physicists have discovered convincing data for a fresh, formerly unobserved decay channel. The pre-published paper can be found in Nature. The LHC accelerates protons, naturally located at the center of an atom, and directs them zooming around its spherical compartment deep underground. When the protons strike, they annihilate—converting from matter into unadulterated energy. Then, among the discordance of senseless energy that's vanishing in and out of reality all around the reaction chamber, particles start to appear, vanish and manifest themselves again. This pathway that the proton's energy takes through particles is termed as decay channel.
This thrilling discovery was made from a cooperation of two previous CERN experiments: The Large Hadron Collider Beauty experimentation (LHCb) and the Compact Muon Solenoid experimentation (CMS), which are both issued in the Physical Review Letters. Both of these papers noted the strange B to muon pair decay, but separately the outcomes weren't important enough. However, when united, the discovery became obvious.
LHCb representative Guy Wilkinson said: "It is testament to the excellent performance of the LHC, and the sensitivity of our experiments, that we have been finally able to observe this extremely rare but important decay." Particle physics is a distinctive field where hundreds of researchers have to work together and share to make advancement. It's striking to see this collaboration in physics, and maybe other fields can pick up from this.
CERN has detected extremely rare particle decay for the first time Reviewed by Umer Abrar on 5/20/2015 Rating: