Is it getting hot in here or is it just CERN physicists breaking the world record as CERN makes hottest man made temperatures?
According to Nature News Blog, physicists at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland, have achieved the hottest manmade temperatures ever, by colliding lead ions to momentarily create a quark–gluon plasma, a subatomic soup and unique state of matter that is thought to have existed just moments after the Big Bang. Using the ALICE heavy-ion experiment, physicists claim they have achieved a quark–gluon plasma 38% hotter than a record 4-trillion-degree plasma achieved in 2010 by a similar experiment at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York and will be making the official announcement on Monday.
According to ALICE spokesman Paolo Giubellino, the teams measurements are still uncertain as they have not converted any energy measurements into degrees. However, he does say that “It’s a very delicate measurement. Give us a few weeks and it will be out.”
Those at CERN are not the only physicists working with ions as physicists at Brookhaven’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider are working with quark–gluon plasmas. The RHIC team also announced that they will be conducting two new experiments on Monday where they will be working with collisions of gold ions, beginning to understand the way in which a quark–gluon plasma morphs into a normal gas made of hadrons.
CERN Physicists Break World Record: CERN Makes Hottest Man Made Temperatures.