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LHC Experiments Shed Light on Primordial Universe

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GENEVA, Aug. 14, 2012 — The primordial particles of matter that existed just after the big bang are now being re-created in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to advance understanding of the kind of matter that existed in the first seconds of the universe. Seconds after the big bang, quarks and gluons — basic building blocks of matter — were not confined inside composite particles such as protons and neutrons as they are today. Instead, they moved freely in a state of matter known as quark-gluon plasma. Now, experiments using heavy ions at CERN’s LHC have re-created, for a fleeting moment,...Read full article

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