Scientists at the CERN Laboratory have created the hottest human-made temperatures ever recorded in an experiment involving quark-gluon plasma. The plasma resembles the conditions believed to have been present shortly after the big bang and, at more than six trillion degrees, is hotter than the interior of our sun and denser than a neutron star.
According to CERN Director-General Rolf Heuer, “The field of heavy-ion physics is crucial for probing the properties of matter in the primordial universe, one of the key questions of fundamental physics that the LHC and its experiments are designed to address. It illustrates how in addition to the investigation of the recently discovered Higgs-like boson, physicists at the LHC are studying many other important phenomena in both proton–proton and lead–lead collisions.”
The scientists achieved this result by smashing lead ions together. Other scientists are doing the same thing to gold. As the article in Universe Today points out, “The nuclei of today’s ordinary atoms and the primordial quark-gluon plasma, or QGP, represent two different phases of matter and interact at the most basic of Nature’s forces. These interactions are described in a theory known as quantum chromodynamics, or QCD. Findings from RHIC’s STAR and PHENIX show that the perfect liquid properties of the quark gluon plasma dominate at energies above 39 billion electron volts (GeV). As the energy dissipates, interactions between quarks and the protons and neutrons of ordinary matter begin to appear. Measuring these energies give scientists signposts pointing to the approach of a boundary between ordinary matter and the QGP.”
I know this doesn’t make much sense to most of you, so allow me to explain. Basically, these scientists are taking their army men and lighting them on fire to watch them melt. Why are they doing this? Because they are pricks and they think it’s cool. It won’t be long before they are taking your cat and sticking it in their ion collider to see what happens. Hint: it will be worse than the microwave.
Smashing ions together is a big waste of time. These scientists should be doing important work, like helping me build a time machine.
That is all.