Scientists excited by Big Bang machine experiments
Atom smasher appears to have recreated at a small level the matter that existed in the first moments of the universe.
Wed, Sep 22 2010 at 11:19 AM
BIG DEAL: The Large Hadron Collider, seen here under construction in 2007, has proved useful in studying how the universe began. (Photo: Image Editor/Flickr
Scientists say the Large Hadron Collider may be on the verge of its first scientific breakthrough.
They say the $10 billion atom smasher under the Swiss-French border appears to have recreated at a small level the matter that existed in the first moments of the universe.
A scientific paper published this week by the European Organization for Nuclear Research describes how high-energy proton collisions produced unusual readings that could replicate the "hot dense matter" that would have existed microseconds after the Big Bang.
Raju Venugopalan, a senior scientist at the U.S. Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, said Wednesday that physicists "are very excited" by the European lab's results.
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