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Large Hadron Collider

Primordial cosmic soup easier to create than previously thought

Oct. 3, 2017—In subatomic collisions, physicists have found the signature of primordial cosmic soup, from which all the stuff in the universe formed, at lower energies and in smaller volume than ever before.

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World’s largest atom smashers create world’s smallest droplets

Oct. 2, 2015—Recent experiments at the world's largest atom smashers are producing liquid drops so small that they raise the question of how small a droplet can be and still remain a liquid.

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Vanderbilt physicists help confirm identity of the Higgs particle

Jun. 26, 2014—Vanderbilt physicists played a leading role in the latest findings on the nature of the Higgs particle, which explains why objects have weight and mass.

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Top 10 research stories of 2013

Dec. 23, 2013—This year’s most popular research stories plumbed mysteries of the brain, examined complex social phenomena, shed light on dark matter, uncovered a surprising link between our three greatest health threats and more.

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Discovery of new sub-atomic particle a major leap forward

Jul. 6, 2012—Vandy physicists working on the Large Hadron Collider respond to the announcement that the collaboration has found a new subatomic particle that may be the long-sought Higgs boson.

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Fermilab Today: The consistency of quark soup

May. 16, 2012—Four Vanderbilt researchers collaborated with scientists from the University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Kansas and MIT to describe the consistency of an unusual fluid produced when atoms of lead are smashed in the Large Hadron Collider.

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Failure to find ‘God particle’ hints at fundamentally new physics

Nov. 21, 2011—  After the most complete search yet, the world’s largest atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland, reported that it has not found the much vaunted Higgs particle, ruling out a large portion of the energy range where it was most expected. The Higgs particle – also dubbed the “God particle” – is...

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Large Hadron Collider could be world’s first time machine

Mar. 15, 2011—If the latest theory of Tom Weiler and Chui Man Ho is right, the Large Hadron Collider – the world’s largest atom smasher that started regular operation last year – could be the first machine capable of causing matter to travel backwards in time. “Our theory is a long shot,” admitted Weiler, who is a...

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