Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Rare Single Top Quark Discovered

Fermilab's Tevatron is proving that despite the creaking joints, it can still accelerate with the best of 'em.  Science Daily report that "the discovery of the single top confirms important parameters of particle physics, including the total number of quarks, and has significance for the ongoing search for the Higgs particle ..." 

Previously, top quarks had only been observed when produced by the strong nuclear force. That interaction leads to the production of pairs of top quarks. The production of single top quarks, which involves the weak nuclear force and is harder to identify experimentally, has now been observed, almost 14 years to the day of the top quark discovery in 1995.

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