Scientists Discover Photon Pairs Carrying Around 750 Gigaelectronvolts of Energy

Scientists Discover Photon Pairs Carrying Around 750 Gigaelectronvolts of Energy

A team of scientists working at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland, the largest particle accelerator of earth, said that the machine might have produced another brand new particle.

The detection of proton pairs with high energy could be an indicator of discovery of new particle, which could be new to nature. Researchers said this new particle could be around four times more massive than the heaviest particle ever discovered i.e. the top quark and almost six times heavier than the Higgs.

The results came from high energy ‘run 2’ experiments that were started in June. The experiment was then suspended in November, according to Nature. The results of the experiment were presented on Tuesday.

Marumi Kado of the Linear Accelerator Laboratory at the University of Paris-Sud detected about 40 more photon pairs during the experiment using ATLASs.

Jim Olsen of Princeton University in New Jersey said the CMS saw only 10 such proton pairs. It seems to be quite interesting, but can happen by coincidence, ATLAS spokesperson Dave Charlton of the University of Birmingham in the U.K. told Nature.

After the results were released, physicists are waiting for more data that will most probably come in next year before weighing the significance of this discovery.

“I don’t think there is anyone around who thinks this is conclusive. But it would be huge if true”, Kyle Cranmer, a New York University physicist who works on the ATLAS team, told The New York Times.

This news has come almost three years after scientists reported finding a particle Higgs boson using the LHC.