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Particles in cahoots

Physicists discover curious connections in the subatomic debris of LHC collisions

4:50pm, September 23, 2010

Physicists have uncovered what looks like a quantum conspiracy in one of the first results from the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s most powerful atom smasher.

A larger than expected number of charged particles generated during the LHC’s highest energy collisions are doing something they have no business doing. Instead of flying away from the collision site in random directions, these particles are somehow paired, moving away from the point of impact at similar angles and ending up at opposite ends of the collider’s CMS detector.

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