Saturday May 16, 2015

Large Hadron Collider Just Detected Extremely Rare Particle Decays

The Large Hadron Collider has been back in operation barely two weeks and has already detected a rare particle, strange B mesons, adding to the confirmation of the Standard Model of particle physics.

Mesons are another subatomic particle. The Standard Model predicts that strange B mesons, a particle flavor of the subatomic particle, should decay at a rate of four out of every billion strange B mesons ever produced, and non-strange B mesons at a rate of one in 10 billion.