Detector for detecting a Big Bang plasma

Detector for detecting a Big Bang plasma

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Credit: L. MEDARD/EURELIOS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Big Bang plasma detector. Detector at the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN) which may have detected a plasma that has not existed since the Big Bang, the creation of the Universe. At lower right is Louis Kluberg, the French particle physicist who fired lead ions at almost the speed of light into a lead target. Under these extreme conditions some of the protons and neutrons in the ions fall apart into free quarks and gluons. Quarks, the building blocks of matter, have been bound together by gluons since the Big Bang. The plasma at CERN only lasts for about ten million million million millionths of a second & can only be detected indirectly, by its products.

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Keywords: big bang in vitro, cern, detector, european centre for, kluberg, louis, nuclear research, particle physics, particle physics laboratory, physicist, plasma, plasma detector, quark plasma

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