The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) continues on its quest to find out exactly what happened in the first seconds after the Big Bang, unveiling what is the densest material known so far to man.

Exotic densest substance

Known as the quark-gluon plasma, this amazing exotic substance can exist only at incredibly high temperatures or pressures, and it consists almost entirely of free quarks and gluons; it is possible that the whole universe was filled only with this substance in the immediate aftermath of the Big Bang.

It is about 100 times hotter than the inside of the Sun and denser than a neutron star.

“Besides black holes, there’s nothing denser than what we’re creating,” said David Evans, a physicist at the University of Birmingham in the U.K. and a team leader for the LHC’s ALICE detector, which helped observe the quark-gluon plasma. “If you had a cubic centimeter of this stuff, it would weigh 40 billion tons.”

Quark gluon plasma acts like perfect liquid

By unleashing the fantastic energy of thousands of ultrahigh-speed collisions each second physicists at the LHC are breaking subatomic particles into even denser and hotter forms of matter, hoping to find out what the universe was made of right after the Big Bang; to be more exact, one trillionth of a second after it.

The quark-gluon plasma was also created last year by smashing together lead ions that have been stripped of all their electrons, at a speed very close to the speed of light. As I told you before (and as the name suggests), the substance is made almost entirely out of quarks and gluons. Quarks are almost never found in isolation, due to a process called color confinement; they are the building blocks of particles called hadrons, out of which the most ‘famous’ and stable are protons and neutrons. Gluons are the exchange particles (or gauge bosons) for the color force between quarks, analogous to the exchange of photons in the electromagnetic force between two charged particles. The quark-gluon plasma is what is called a perfect liquid.

“If you stir a cup of tea with a spoon and then take the spoon out, the tea stirs for a while and then it stops. If you had a perfect liquid and you stirred it, it would carry on going around forever,” Evans explained.

Meanwhile, the LHC is still going at only half of its potential, which can only make you wonder about what they will find once they turn out the full engines.

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  • J J_LINCOLN

    YES ITS SO AMAZING THAT NOW THE GLOBALISTS ARE GOING TO TEST THIS AND COULD SINGLE HANDEDLY DEPLETE THE EARTH, O YES LETS SAY ITS SO AMAZING AND EXCELLENT, THAT THE ENTIRE WORLD CAN BE SUCKED AT THE HAND OF THESE MASONIC MASAKISTIC ELITES, FUCKIN IDIOTS BRA WAKE UP OCC, 

  • J J_LINCOLN

    LIKE….40 BILLION TONS THAT WOULD SINK TO THE BOTTOM OF THE EARTH AND WHEN IT ACTIVATES SUCK EVERYTHING IN EXISTANCE, YOU APPLAUD THAT, THATS EXCITING OF COURSE THATS SCIENCE, LETS KILL THE HUMAN RACE FOR SCIENCE….AND OF COURSE JOHN.P HOLDREN LEAD SCIENTIST AT THE WHITE HOUSE WANTS TO DEPOPULATE THE WORLD, ON RECORD, TO 1 BILLION PPL…I BET U THINK THATS EXTRAVAGANT 

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  • jt1143

    You’re right. 40 billion tons would sink to the bottom of the earth… Good thing it’s a PARTICLE accelerator and isn’t producing anything NEAR a cubic cm of QGP. The largest particles we are dealing with hear are atoms. And for the most part we are dealing with hadrons (protons, neutrons, etc.) and even quarks. Lets not blow things out of proportion. They would have to figure out how to store this “soup” for much longer than fractions of a second, run the same experiment trillions of more times, and then somehow combine all the QGP produced from every experiment into one sample in order to even obtain enough QGP to be visible with the human eye. (Keep in mind that to store it and therefore prevent it from cooling, they would need to keep it in a container that maintained the sample at temperatures much hotter than the sun’s core. Good luck.) 

  • derp

    you sir, are a moron

  • Classicfmz889

    Hey Lincoln… It’s “masochist.” Learn how to spell… BRA!

  • Where exactly do you consider “the bottom of the earth”?  This ought to be good.

  • FlyAway

    What a beauty

  • Me

    The particles themselves are far more dense.

  • Mike Stevens

    “which can only make you wonder about what they will find once they turn out the full engines.”

    No, it makes me wonder why they haven’t turned on their full engines already.

  • Paradox

    These people are quite right. Think of everything before you start whining.

  • PL85M8 RUL3Z

    Well, earth . . . it has an upside, … and a downside!? Doesn’t it??
    And when you’re not extremely careful you are in tremendous danger of falling of the rim. So where to consider the bottom should be a question that can be answered easily in this case! Don’t you think?? ;o)

  • steve dave

    why they no use osmium?!!11

  • Brad

    Well looks like we have found our answer to artificial gravitity

  • michaelvacirca

    Apparently the problem is that I do think.

  • anon

    Osmium is atomic number 76, lead is number 82. One atom of lead is bigger and weighs more than one atom of osmium.

  • chale

    Folks I don’t know if this is a valid question for this
    group but here I go. You know how they haven’t been able to show that Black
    Holes actually exist through the Super Conducting Super Collider Project or
    CERN that straddles the Countries of France and Switzerland? Here is my
    question I know that they’re’ are about to if they’re haven’t already upgraded
    it and conduct some great work.

    But my interest is in Black Holes I think of Black Holes
    kind of like a tornado it sucks up stuff and miles down the road it spits it
    out. Now I’ve read that scientist think that when something gets beyond the
    event horizon of a black hole that the hole just grows in mass; I think they’re
    full of themselves. In this CERN collider if we ever were able to see that a
    black hole does actually exist or we can temporarily recreate one just for an
    instant can we reproduce an experiment that would go something like this. Let’s
    say that you send a two space probes up into space and one of them is carrying
    a small load of say depleted uranium and I only mention this substance as it’s
    denser than lead.

    We direct one of the probes into the black hole when it gets
    very near the event horizon we then release the depleted uranium and then with
    the second probe a safe distance from the targeted black hole. That probe has a
    Beta Gamma detector. Couldn’t we track exactly what the heck happens to that
    matter? I think of it kind of like the experiment on the movie Twister that
    came out a few years ago. What are your thoughts? Do you really think the black
    hole just grows in mass? Do you think we can actually detect the depleted
    uranium all the way through the hole and out the other end? Do you think the depleted
    uranium would just vaporize and would become undetectable by the second probe?

    Because like I said I see it like a tornado and anything
    going in has to come out somewhere; now that may very well be an alternate
    dimension or universe. These are some of the things I would like answers to
    before my lifespan on this planet comes to an end. I would really appreciate
    all input. Oh and yes I know that Mrl 231 is 600 million light years away from
    the planet earth. Hence recreation of an experiment of this type via CERN.

  • iTYPE2ANNOY

    probably because they don’t want to create something catastrophic

  • Peter Smythe

    It does not make sense to talk about the density of a point particle, only of a group of them.

  • Peter Smythe

    No, it’s because they don’t want to break their machinery. If “something catastrophic” could be created that way, it already would’ve been created naturally.

  • Peter Smythe

    I believe you meant:

    “Yes, it’s so amazing that the globalists are going to test this and could singlehandedly destroy the Earth. Oh, yes, let’s say it’s so amazing and excellent that the entire would can be sucked in at the hand of these masonic masochistic elites. Fuckin’ idiots! Wake up!”

    It still sounds idiotic, and flies in the face of rationality, but at least it doesn’t make me want to strangle you with a pair of headphones like the allcaps does.

  • Peter Smythe

    40 billion tonnes… of what? A cubic centimeter of Quark-Gluon-Plasma? Do you know how much energy it would take to make that? The conservation of mass means they’d need to put 40 billion tonnes of something else in. A particle accelerator doesn’t accelerate billions of tonnes. It accelerates beams of particles that have a total kinetic energy of 362 MegaJoules. That’s a mass-energy equivalent about 4 micrograms. It’s okay, you’re only off by a factor of…

    10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000= Ten Sextillion times.

    Which is about the difference between the mass of a Volkswagen beetle, and the mass of the Earth.

    And furthermore, these sort of collisions occur in the upper atmosphere all the time at higher energies. There’s no Earth-slurpifying consequences. Finally, Holdren, etc doesn’t want to depopulate. If he did say anything about the world population, which, knowing your kind, sounds like quote-mining, it’s probably intended to mean “We should stop having so many fuckin’ babies!” and not “let’s murder everyone!!1!1.”

  • Peter Smythe

    You couldn’t detect an object after it goes through an event horizon for the same reason that you will not be able to hear someone speaking into a supersonic airflow. The Gamma rays, graivty, etc emitted by the Uranium would simply be stuck in the black hole. Furthermore, time dilation prevents one from actually witnessing the Uranium after it is inside. Instead, you’d see the Uranium fall in, and the signal would go from Gamma to X-ray to far UV to UV to visible to IR to microwave to radio to undetectable in the span of at most a few seconds for the largest black holes. The signals were all emitted before the object experienced crossing the event horizon and disappeared. You will simply see the object’s light fade to red and go away as it enters.

    A process called hawking radiation would eventually release the mass energy of the object, as the black hole slowly decays. In the case of small black holes, this decay happens very rapidly. In fact, for the brief period of its existence, the smallest possible black hole should have a higher power output than the entire rest of the universe, dissappearing in the shortest amount of time possible.

  • iTYPE2ANNOY

    the machinery breaking is catastrophic…my argument stands.

  • iTYPE2ANNOY

    it could still happen by some kind of freak accident. just because it hasnt already happened,does not mean that it wont happen.