Chemistry

Scientists Could Be on the Verge of Finding new Particles

Researchers have reported some oddities during an experiment with the Large Hadron Collider (LHCb), which does not tally with the Standard Model of particles physics and could indicate the existence of new particles.

The findings published in the journal Nature are based on a presentation during a seminar at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland earlier this month.

Simone Bifani from the University of Birmingham, UK revealed that decaying B-mesons, which are produced by proton collisions in the LHCb, are producing more electron-position pairs. This is not in line with the Standard Model of particle physics which holds that about the same number of electron-positron pairs and muon-anti-muon pairs would be produced by decaying B-mesons.

Since this possible discovery could have groundbreaking implications, researchers are careful not to jump the gun. A second experiment is set to be conducted to determine whether the finding is indeed accurate or is the result of statistical errors.

Scientists Could Be on the Verge of Finding new Particles

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