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New Type of Matter Discovered — Color-Glass Condensate

By November 29, 2012

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LHC or Large Hadron ColliderYou know about solids, liquids, gases and plasma and you may have heard of Bose-Einstein condensate. Now there may be a 6th type of matter. Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) believe they have discovered a new form of matter, called color-glass condensate.

Color-glass condensate was an unexpected discovery made during proton-lead collisions, intended to act as a reference to compare with other types of collisions. Scientists saw a fluid wave of gluons, elementary particles that "glue" together the quarks together inside neutrons and protons. New particles are produced by the collisions between the lead ions and protons. As expected, the majority of the new particles speed off in all directions. However, some pairs of particles appear to depart the collision in correlated directions. Why do gluons in the color-glass condensate direct particles to travel in the same direction? It may be related to the phenomenon called quantum entanglement, which is when a pair of particles retain a connection or become entangled even when they are separated.

Details of the discovery will be published in the journal Physical Review B.

Photo: Large Hadron Collider or LHC (Maximilien Brice, CERN)

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November 29, 2012 at 3:20 pm
(1) Sukhmandir Kaur says:

Sounds alot like marriage :)

December 3, 2012 at 9:21 am
(2) Anjali says:

Good one,nice infor mation

December 3, 2012 at 11:18 am
(3) Norwin says:

“Why do gluons in the color-glass condensate direct particles to travel in the same direction?”. You will get your answer by answering the following questions. Why does a flowing fluid direct suspended particles to travel in the same direction?

December 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm
(4) Wilner Francois says:

Cool. Wont they have to change our science books and stuff? And that’s awesome. But, my question is can it change forms? Such as a solid melted into a liquid then evaporated into a gas. (Like Water, etc). That would take some great research to clearly, and I’m really looking forward to hearing more about this. OMG. Wut. i like sounded so smart right there^. I cant right now tho. Omg. I love science. K. Bye.

December 4, 2012 at 12:27 am
(5) SWAPNIL says:

congrats to scientist

December 4, 2012 at 11:03 am
(6) I.S.Q says:

GREAT! A wonderfull discovery leads to understand many scientific theories.

December 5, 2012 at 11:22 am
(7) Abhinav sharma says:

WOW! That’s awesome.

December 5, 2012 at 11:46 am
(8) abdirazak ajab says:

wonderfull.what i was expecting is to see a new reasearch about new scientific studies

December 6, 2012 at 10:16 am
(9) suresh says:

It is heartening to see that sky is the limit for research in the field of science.j

December 9, 2012 at 3:12 am
(10) melaku says:

nice information thankyou Dr.

December 15, 2012 at 2:00 am
(11) MUHAMMAD FAIZUDDIN says:

great job.kindly brief us in detail.

December 29, 2012 at 3:23 am
(12) jrp says:

thanxxx for the info.
actually i was searching for BEC(bose-einstein condensate) and it led me to this article

January 3, 2013 at 6:24 am
(13) wachin samuel says:

Goodinformation Doc. keep it up. Happy new year

February 23, 2013 at 7:46 am
(14) hrishikesh says:

its very small,im expecting for a brief detail in this topic.

October 22, 2013 at 12:39 am
(15) Killer says:

It has the potential to change our science books.:-)

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