Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Possible New Particle
A possible new particle has been found in a last gasp of an accelerator that is scheduled to be decommissioned. Apparently, due to budget cuts, Tevatron (at Fermilab), the world's most powerful particle accelerator will be shut down in September. But, in it's last few months, it has yielded a possible exciting new find: a bump in the data that could be either a new light particle, a new "force of nature" or, unfortunately, possibly a mistake in splicing data. Hopefully in the next few months the accelerator will unlock the secrets of this anomaly. Read the New York Times article on the subject.