Antimatter ‘measured’ for the first time, could reveal building blocks of the universe
By JOSEPH BREAN - NATIONAL POST
Added: Thu, 08 Mar 2012 06:26:17 UTC
Thanks to rod-the-farmer for the link.
Scientists related to Canadian institutions involved with the ALPHA antimater project are gathered by a superconducting magnet. The more obvious vertical cylinder to on the right is a container for liquid helium (a 'dewar').
Canadian-led team at the European nuclear research agency has succeeded in trapping particles of anti-matter long enough to measure how they react to increasing energy, in a groundbreaking experiment that heralds a new age of empirical research on the most bizarre stuff in existence.
“We’re going down a path of trying to study a fiendishly difficult atom, to begin with, and we’ve got to be able to convince the world that we’re really able to manipulate them and to do something that’s going to turn into a precision experiment,” said Mike Hayden, a Simon Fraser University physicist, and a senior author on the paper, out Wednesday in the British science journal Nature. Other Canadian authors are from the universities of Calgary, British Columbia and Victoria, York University, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and TRIUMF, Canada’s national particle physics lab in Vancouver.
“This paper marks the transition; we’re saying we’ve done this, we’re ready to go to this next stage.”
Robert Wright - The Atlantic Comments
Hawking wasn't available to answer that question, but I did manage to have a long conversation with an American physicist who had also doubted the existence of the Higgs--Lawrence Krauss
Lawrence M. Krauss - New York Times Comments
A Blip That Speaks of Our Place in the Universe
Lawrence M. Krauss - The Daily Beast Comments
How the Higgs Boson Posits a New Story of our Creation
Johnathan Brown - The Independent Comments
As an atheist with no desire to upset believers, Professor Peter Higgs has always hated the idea of a God particle. He has never been keen on the nomenclature of the Higgs boson either – referring to it as "the particle named after me" on the rare occasions he gives an interview.
Chris Wickham - Reuters 0 Comments
(Reuters) - Scientists at Europe's CERN research centre have found a new subatomic particle, a basic building block of the universe, which appears to be the boson imagined and named half a century ago by theoretical physicist Peter Higgs.