Scientists Predict Existence Of A Strange New Dibaryon Particle

Posted: May 30 2018, 10:32am CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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Scientists Predict Existence of a Strange New Dibaryon Particle
Image of the di-Omega Dibaryon Particle. Image Credit: Keiko Murano

Researchers Hypothesize a Strange New 'di-Omega' Particle, termed a Dibaryon, Using the K Computer

Scientists have used advanced quantum methods on the world’s most powerful computer to predict the existence of the “dibaryon”. This is a hypothetical particle that contains six quarks instead of the normal three.

All of this research can lead to the discovery of the state of these particles in the presence of extreme conditions. The inside of neutron stars and the situation at the time of the Big Bang come to mind. Baryons are simple particles that consist of protons and neutrons. Their three quarks are bonded closely to each other.

A dibaryon meanwhile is a complex particle that contains two baryons. Deuteron is an example of a dibaryon that already exists. In spite of the scientists’ efforts, no other dibaryon has been found yet.

However, scientists have used intricate calculations on the K computer to predict the existence of a very weird dibaryon. It comprises two Omega baryons.

Termed the di-Omega, the hunt for this particle is an ongoing process in both Europe and Japan right now. Special methods, complex algorithms, and powerful computers were all employed in the making of this prediction.

The time-dependent HAL QCD method was especially used to further the progress of the discovery process.

Then a unified contraction algorithm allowed for reaching the nitty gritty stuff of this research effort. Finally, the K computer was the biggest stimulus in the whole quest.

The calculations and operations took place at lightning speed thanks to this supercomputer which happens to be the largest in the world. One of the researchers explained the fact that the strange particles could be created via some heavy ion smashing.

Europe and Japan were the ideal venues for these experiments. The scientists were hopeful that this scheme would be successful in the end. It will serve as a masterpiece of science that enlightens us as human beings regarding the micro level world of particle physics.

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