Higgs Duality: Contradictory Results At LHC


The latest data presented by scientists on Higgs boson shows that separate measurements of its properties are showing two slightly different masses.

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Japan Could Host International Linear Collider


As most of the world is still dealing with the worst economic crisis in decades, Japan is currently being considered as the potential host for the International Linear Collider (ILC), a multi-billion-dollar machine that will smash atoms at higher and higher energy levels.

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As Supersymmetry Fails, Physicists Looking for New Models


As the Large Hadron Collider has been unable to find any of the particles suggested by supersymmetry, theoretical particle physicists are trying to change their worldview, away from supersymmetry to theories that could explain the results.

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Experiment Using Photons Could Detect Quantum-Scale Black Holes


A new tabletop experiment using a single photon was proposed to show whether space-time is made up of indivisible units. Space isn’t smooth, and physicists think that on the quantum scale, it is composed of indivisible subunits, like the dots of a pointillist drawing. This pixelated landscape is thought to be populated by black holes, smaller than one trillionth of one trillionth of the diameter of a hydrogen atom, which continuously pop in and out of existence.

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Truant Particles Dash Hopes of Clues to Supersymmetry from LHC

While Sherlock Holmes might have stated that the absence of any evidence is evidence itself, theoretical physicists haven’t yet been able to find any inkling to confirm supersymmetry (SUSY), a theory which predicts that every Standard-Model particle has a heavier partner. The reason why SUSY is so important is because it would be a step forward towards a grand unified theory of particles and forces.

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Latest Data from Large Hadron Collider Gives No Inkling of New Physics


In July, physicists at the Large Hadron Collider announced the discovery of a new particle that looked like the Higgs boson. This particle was never perfect; but based on the available data, it looked exactly what the Standard Model of Particle Physics predicted the Higgs would look like.

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Photons Traverse Optical Obstacles as Both a Wave and Particle Simultaneously

Mystery of Wave-Particle Duality

A photon can act as a particle one moment, following a well-defined path like a tiny projectile, and a wave the next, overlapping with its ilk to produce interference patterns, much like a ripple on the water. Wave-particle duality is one of the key features of quantum mechanics, and it’s not easily understood in layman’s terms. New experiments show that photons not only switch from wave to particle and back again, but they can actually hold both wave and particle tendencies at the same time.

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Fastest Laser Blast – 67 Quintillionths of a Second

Fastest Laser Blast

Scientists have been able to generate the world’s fastest laser pulse with a beam shot for 67 attoseconds (0.000000000000000067 seconds). This breaks the previous record of 80 attoseconds that was established in 2008. This could help engineers see extremely rapid quantum mechanical processes, like the movements of electrons during chemical reactions.

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Quantum Teleportation Between Canary Islands Breaks Chinese Record


A research team seems to have broken the most recent record of distance for quantum teleportation, posted by a Chinese research group. This new record is about the distance between New York City and Philadelphia and concerns the quantum state of a single photon. While it also might sound that the transfer happens instantaneously, the steps required to read out the teleported quantum state ensure that it doesn’t travel faster than the speed of light, which would break causality.

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The Z Machine Generates Pressures so Intense That It Can Melt Diamonds


Diamond is one of the toughest, naturally occurring materials found on Earth. Now, the Z machine at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, can melt them using pressure, electromagnetic pulses and enough current to light 100 million light bulbs.

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