New type of matter possibly produced by the Large Hadron Collider

Washington:Collisions at the Large Hadron Collider may have created a new type of matter known as colour-glass condensate, scientists believe.

Collisions between protons and lead ions at the LHC near Geneva, Switzerland have resulted in surprising behaviour in some of the particles created by the collisions, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) news reported.

When beams of particles crash into each other at high speeds, the collisions yield hundreds of new particles, most of which fly away from the collision point at close to the speed of light.

However, the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) team at the LHC found that in a sample of 2 million lead-proton collisions, some pairs of particles flew away from each other with their respective directions correlated.

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Friday, November 30th, 2012 Large Hadron Collider, LHC