Densest material ever created announced at LHC

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!

  • http://twitter.com/MichaelVacirca Michael Vacirca

    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.

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