back to article Brookhaven boffins boggle at baryons

It's a long way from being a “discovery”, but it's getting physicists excited: the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Lab is accumulating evidence that could point to so-called “strange” Baryons. Predicted by theory but never observed in the wild, the particles we're talking about are so named …

  1. Julian Bradfield

    Your description is rather misleading - it suggests, without quite saying, that strange baryons haven't been observed. It's certain heavier strange baryons, predicted by particular models, that haven't been observed - we've been playing around with strange (Sigma), doubly strange (Xi or Cascade) and triply strange (Omega) baryons for half a century.

    1. Daedalus Silver badge

      It's hard to fault the Reg hacks, because the BNL release doesn't do a very good job of getting the pertinent facts up front. The known strange baryons do get a mention, but the release doesn't make the point that higher mass (i.e. higher energy) versions can exist as well as the ground states, just as an atom can be excited to higher states. I don't like the "freezing point" analogy at all. Better they should have said that the "temperature" at which ordinary hadrons melt into quark-gluon plasma is lower that it otherwise would be.

  2. Graham Marsden
    Boffin

    Sounds fascinating...

    ... even though I didn't understand a word of it! :-)

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Sounds fascinating...

      Neither did I, but I'm not quite sure.

    2. Chimp

      Re: Sounds fascinating...

      I don't think it's real. There isn't a single use of the word 'quantum'.

      1. mr.K
        Coat

        Re: Sounds fascinating...

        Connecting this subject to quantum mechanics would be a leap.

        Alright, alright, I am going.

      2. Martin Budden

        Re: Sounds fascinating...

        I don't think it's real. There isn't a single use of the word 'quantum'.

        Para 7 starts off with "Quantum chronodynamics..."

  3. Denarius Silver badge
    Boffin

    baryon bothering boffins busy

    interesting anyway.

  4. Chris G Silver badge

    Question

    Will this knowledge contribute to making a better cup of tea? Or a better pint for that matter.

    1. Vladimir Plouzhnikov

      Re: Question

      No, but it may eventually help with more mundane things like lazors on sharks, lightsabers, warp drives, maybe even flying cars one day...

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Question

        Oh, so relatively useless.

      2. Wzrd1

        Re: Question

        "...maybe even flying cars one day..."

        Who in the hell would want that?!

        They can't bloody drive on the ground, I'd hate to see the mess that the average idiot driver would do in the air.

        And honestly, I put a roof on the house 10 years ago, I'm not in a hurry to replace it, along with the upper story of my home due to an idiot driver crashing above.

  5. Scott Broukell

    Further Question

    Are such particles, henceforth, be known as 'Shit Pea Baryons' ? (we need answers)

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