|Waltz of the Baryons (Public Domain)|
CERN is the French acronym for the Large Hadron Collider that “was built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research.” This monster of a machine squeezes atoms until they gasp, “Higgs boson!”
Then it squeezes some more. After all, theoretical physicists need proof that such figments exist. Enter Xi cc: the baryon particle with not just one, but two heavy “charm” quarks.
It's not that scientists have never seen a baryon before. Protons and neutrons certainly qualify as such. However, Xi cc is the heavyweight of the group. A champion, for sure!
Copyright July 10, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke All Rights Reserved