Although nothing has been confirmed yet, a new LHC particle discovery is possible. Researchers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Switzerland declared on Tuesday that they have encountered some unusual energy during recent proton-related experiments.
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has been performing a new series of tests in the past twelve months, only this time scientists have upgraded the machinery making it even more powerful than it used to be. The collider is now using more energy to collide protons in an attempt to discover a new particle or even dark matter.
Just as they were getting ready to close the LHC collider for maintenance and upgrades, researchers noticed an unusual activity in last week’s records. Normally, the energy that protons generate when they crash into each other is converted into new particles. When this pattern is disrupted by anomalies and unusually powerful particles, scientists start to wonder whether they’re on to something or not.
According to their explanation, scientists have recorded gamma-ray photons with the energy of 750 GeV during last week’s experiments. Even so, researchers did not jump into conclusions. They first subjected the newly recorded data to the “5-sigma” test – the only one that can say whether a new particle has been discovered or not.
As its name says it, the 5-degree barometer indicates that a new discovery has been made when the score is five. This time, the 750 GeV energy scored 3.9, a rather high score, but scientists think new tests are required before drawing any conclusions.
Researchers think it is impressive that the first particle to have been discovered by the LHC took place two years ago around the same period. Back then, they noticed unusual spikes in protons’ energy and they decided to undergo repeated tests. Fortunately, the experiments have all been positive and the first evidence of the Higgs boson has been scientifically acknowledged.
The Large Hadron Collider will be closed for its annual revision in the following period. It will be open again in the spring time and hopefully, with new upgrades.