Experts at the LHC working on the LHCb project, which is trying to decipher what happened in the moments after the Big Bang, have found the new elements at the Swiss particle smasher.
The new particles are quarks, which are some of the building blocks of matter.
While not as exciting as the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle – known as the “God particle” as it gives matter mass – in 2012, the findings are still significant as it opens a myriad of possibilities as to what could be hiding.
Tara Shears, Professor of Physics at University of Liverpool, said: "These particles have been hiding in plain sight for years, but it's taken the exquisite sensitivity of LHCb's particle detectors to bring them to our attention.”
Fice new particles have been discovered at the LHC
She added: “If we're uncovering these new particles now, who knows what else is in our data waiting to be discovered?”
Scientists at the LHC smash particles together at breakneck speeds
Professor Tim Gershon, Professor of Physics at University of Warwick and UK spokesperson for the LHCb experiment, said: “After the LHCb experiment is upgraded in the next long shutdown of the LHC (during 2019-20), it will be able to move to the next stage in the search for new particles: namely, doubly heavy baryons.
Inside the Large Hadron Collider
Tue, October 20, 2015
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The Large Hadron Collider CMS detecter held in Geneva, Switzerland
"Who knows what else is in our data waiting to be discovered?”
“These states – which contain two charm quarks or two beauty quarks or one of each – have long been predicted, but never yet observed.
“Their discovery will help to address important unsolved questions about how hadrons are bound together by the strong interaction.”