Tuesday, June 13, 2017
When proton–proton collisions turn strange - PHYSICS
Something "strange" is happening at the Large Hadron Collider. Growing evidence suggests that proton collisions in the accelerator are producing quark-gluon plasma (QGP), the hot, dense soup of unconfined quarks and gluons that briefly filled the universe a few microseconds after the Big Bang. The evidence comes in the form of enhanced production of strange quarks, a hallmark of QGP formation.