That Quirky Quark: The Discovery Of The Top Quark

Quirky QuarkIn a stunning, yet highly anticipated announcement, physicists working at both the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, Switzerland, and at Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois, said they have finally determined the mass of the heaviest elementary particle. Known as the top quark, this particle will take its place on the periodic table among other heavy elements that scientists have found through their work with the super colliders.

Four separate experiments produced data that the staff at the two super colliders sifted through for months. After comparing and the results and reworking the math, no one could deny the existence of this atomic particle. It has taken over 5,000 scientists from over 40 countries months of work to discover this atomic speck, but they finally did it. While most people do not understand the importance of this revelation, it goes a long way to verifying the mathematics of quantum connections.

Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer issued a statement that applauded the international collaborative efforts of the two facilities. He also noted that this discovery shows early indications of giving physicists a deeper comprehension of the behavior of nature.

Armed with the knowledge of the top quark, scientists hope gain a better understanding of the origins of the universe and possibly find a link between quantum mechanics and macrophysical theories. Physicists can now begin conducting further testing on the Higgs field theories that heavier particles move more slowly through space-time.

In the future, they hope to use this information to locate the Higgs Boson particle that many consider to be the infamous God Particle. It is widely believed that this single particle is central to creating a unified theory, but its elusive nature will make it difficult to prove. Once identified, that little particle is predicted to unify all areas of physics under a single theory.

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