Enhanced production of multi-strange hadrons in high-multiplicity proton-proton collisions

Journal: Nature Physics

Published: 2017-04-24

DOI: 10.1038/nphys4111

Affiliations: 152

Authors: 1003

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Straining a strange soup for lessons on our Universe

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Scientists have used collisions between protons to investigate strange hadrons, whose formation may provide deeper insights into the origins of our Universe, according to a study published in Nature Physics.

A few billionths of a second after the Big Bang, an extremely hot and dense primordial ‘soup’ formed from freely roaming quarks and gluons, the fundamental building blocks of the Universe. By studying the properties of this soup, known as a quark-gluon plasma, scientists can gain a better understanding into the origins of our Universe.

Using data from the ALICE detector at the Large Hadron Collider, an international team of physicists, including researchers from the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, have observed for the first time the enhanced formation of strange hadrons, particles that contain at least one strange quark, which are indicative of the formation of the quark-gluon plasma, opening up a new way to study the origins of our Universe.

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  1. Nature Physics 13, 535–539 (2017). doi: 10.1038/nphys4111
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European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Switzerland 0.06
ExtreMe Matter Institute (EMMI), Germany 0.03
Institute for Nuclear Physics, GU, Germany 0.03
National Institute for Subatomic Physics (Nikhef), Netherlands 0.02
Institute for Physics, Uni Heidelberg, Germany 0.02
Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC), India 0.02
INFN Section in Torino, Italy 0.02
Institute for Nuclear Research (INR), RAS, Russia 0.02
Central China Normal University (CCNU), China 0.02
Yale University, United States of America (USA) 0.01
University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil 0.01
INFN Section in Bologna, Italy 0.01
SUBATECH, France 0.01
UiO Department of Physics, Norway 0.01
Department of Physics and Electronics, University of Jammu, India 0.01
Department of Physics and Technology, UIB, Norway 0.01
Institut für Kernphysik (IKP), WWU, Germany 0.01
Wigner Research Centre for Physics (Wigner RCP), HAS, Hungary 0.01
Niels Bohr Institute (NBI), UCPH, Denmark 0.01
Laboratoire de Physique de Clermont (LPC), France 0.01
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay), India 0.01
National Research Center Kurchatov Institute (NRCKI), Russia 0.01
Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP), Mexico 0.01
The Henryk Niewodniczanski Institute of Nuclear Physics (IFJ PAN), PAS, Poland 0.01
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), United States of America (USA) 0.01
Warsaw University of Technology (WUT), Poland 0.01
School of Physics and Astronomy, UB, United Kingdom (UK) 0.01
University of Tsukuba, Japan 0.01
INFN Section in Bari, Italy 0.01
INFN Frascati National Laboratory (LNF), Italy 0.01
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University of Houston (UH), United States of America (USA) 0.01
Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute (PNPI), NRCKI, Russia 0.01
Russian Federal Nuclear Center - All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Experimental Physics (RFNC-VNIIEF), Russia 0.01
Institute of Space Science (ISS), Romania 0.01
Wayne State University, United States of America (USA) 0.01
National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), Russia 0.01
Department of Physics, UNITO, Italy 0.01
Yonsei University, South Korea 0.01
Horia Hulubei National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering (IFIN HH), Romania 0.01
V.A. Fock Institute of Physics, SPbU, Russia 0.01
Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien (IPHC), France 0.01
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University of Jyväskylä, Finland 0.01
Nuclear Physics Institute (UJF), CAS, Czech Republic 0.01
A. A. Logunov Institute for High Energy Physics (IHEP), NRCKI, Russia 0.01
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NRF iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator-Based Sciences (IThemba Labs), South Africa 0.01
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Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics (SINP), India 0.01
Pusan National University (PNU), South Korea 0.01
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Indian Institute of Technology Indore (IIT Indore), India 0.01
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Dipartimento Interateneo di Fisica "Michelangelo Merlin", Italy 0
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University of Liverpool, United Kingdom (UK) 0
Sección Física, PUCP, Peru 0
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Centro de Aplicaciones Tecnológicas y Desarrollo Nuclear (CEADEN), Cuba 0
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