Researchers are trying to work out if an interesting new particle, named a “ghost particle”, has been detected at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland.
Using the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) instrument on the particle accelerator, the group said they had seen something that could be a molecule that is double the mass of a carbon atom. Yet, as the molecule does not fit known speculations, it could cause somewhat of a blend on the off chance that it exists. Their discoveries, which have not yet been companion audited, are available on arXiv.
“I’d say theorists are excited and experimentalists are very skeptical,” Alexandre Nikitenko, a theorist on the CMS team who worked on the data, told The Guardian. “As a physicist, I must be very critical, but as the author of this analysis I must have some optimism too.”
These findings suggest a development of muons, which are heavy electrons, in the CMS detector. This would compare to a molecule with a mass of 28GeV, or, in other words, quarter the mass of the Higgs boson at 125 GeV.
It might take one more year to see whether this molecule is genuine or not.whether it is genuine it’s not actually material science breaking. “In any case, it is peculiar – a mass that has framed where no mass was normal,” they said.
This isn’t the only particle news we’ve had this year. Indeed, this isn’t even the only “ghost particle” news we’ve had, because, in July, space experts declared the disclosure of neutrinos originating from an enthusiastic universe 4 billion light-years away – a marginally unique revelation, without a doubt however.
Perhaps more relevant was the news from September this year when scientists suggested they “broke the Standard Model” with the detection of ultra-high energy cosmic neutrinos utilizing the Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna (ANITA).
In March, there was news of the weirdly named “skyrimon”, a particle with ball lightning-like properties. And also in September, results at CERN hinted at a particle that seemed to defy the Standard Model.
In March, there was news of the peculiarly named “skyrimon”, a molecule with ball lightning-like properties. And furthermore in September, results at CERN implied at a molecule that appeared to oppose the Standard Model.