Sometimes the discovery of new physics requires insane levels of energy. Large machines and luxury equipment. Countless hours of filtering between data.
And sometimes, the right combination of materials can open the door to invisible areas a little bigger than a tablet.
Take this new kind of relative to the Higgs boson, for example. It was found hidden in the room temperature tellurium crystals. Unlike its famous cousin, it did not take years to break the particles to see it—just a clever use of other lasers and a strategy to disassemble quantum photon structures.
“Not every day you find a new particle sitting on your tablet,” said Kenneth Burch, a Boston College physicist and lead research author announcing the discovery of particles.
Burch and colleagues saw what is known as the axial Higgs mode, a quantum wiggle suitable as a new type of particle.
Like so many discoveries in quantum physics, looking at the ethical theory that works brings us closer to uncovering the potential cracks in the Common Model. It helps us even hone in solving some of the remaining significant mysteries.
“The discovery of axial Higgs was predicted in high-energy particle physics to explain black matter,” Burch said.
“However, it has never been seen. Its emergence in the summary system was completely surprising and heralded the discovery of a new fractured measurement that was not predicted.”