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LHC Particle Soup Is the Hottest Thing Mankind Ever Made (CERN Scientists at work)
| Aug 14, 2012 2:20 PM
| Mario Aguilar
Posted on 08/15/2012 7:00:33 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Scientists at CERN's Large Hadron Collider say they just temporarily created the hottest man-made temperature by colliding two lead ions.
According to a source working on the project, the collision sprung loose a plasma "soup" of sub-atomic gluons and quarks at an estimated temperature of 5.5-trillion-degrees Celsius. We won't know just how hot the plasma was for at least a few weeks because the measurements are very delicate and have to be converted to degrees. The consensus seems to be that it will shatter the previous record, which was about 4 trillion degrees.
The craziest thing is that this might not even be the hottest temperature ever. Scientists at Brookhaven Laboratory's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) are still trying to figure out how hot a similar plasma they created last month is.
So let's review: two sub-atomic particle labs on opposite sides of the Atlantic both potentially broke a record for an obscenely hot temperature. It's a temperature so hot and so temporary, that they can't even measure it in degrees. No matter who holds the record, people win because science is awesome. [Nature and RHIC]
KEYWORDS: hitech; lead; leadions; particlescience; plasmasoup; science; stringtheory; trilliondegrees
posted on 08/15/2012 7:01:39 PM PDT
((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
posted on 08/15/2012 7:07:30 PM PDT
by Uncle Miltie
(You didn't build that. The private sector is doing fine. We tried our plan and it worked.)
Now we can blame global warming on RHIC.
posted on 08/15/2012 7:08:15 PM PDT
( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
posted on 08/15/2012 7:11:07 PM PDT
They call this a “quark-gluon plasma”, which I love to say ... “quark-gluon plasma”, that is. I remember years ago they used to talk about the “temperature of hell” as being the theoretically maximum possible temperature, because any attempt to make it hotter would just cause more particles to be created, which subtracts from the kinetic energy, thus cooling it.
The quark-gluon plasma is in this realm. They make graphs of the “chemical potential” ( a misnomer surely! ) of the quarks and gluons, which is a quantitative way of dealing with the “maximum temperature” idea.
It’s definitely a mind-blow, as we used to say.
posted on 08/15/2012 7:36:52 PM PDT
We won't know just how hot the plasma was for at least a few weeks because the measurements are very delicate and have to be converted to degrees.
Yeah, that conversion to degrees is hard!
posted on 08/15/2012 7:37:45 PM PDT
Wow that seems really important in the big scheme of life. I think I’ll put a worm on my tongue and wait with baited breath until they report the temperature reached.
posted on 08/15/2012 7:52:40 PM PDT
(Skittle pooping unicorns are more common than progressives with honor & integrity.)
Yeah, that conversion to degrees is hard!
You say that sarcastically ( I can tell by the 'sound' of your voice).
Convert 5.2 times 3 to the 100th power in calories, into degrees Celsius (heat).
posted on 08/15/2012 7:53:15 PM PDT
(If we were all equal, it would be a very boring world.)
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posted on 08/15/2012 8:19:13 PM PDT
Consider two particles approaching each other at some relativistic speed. You can ask what is the temperature of that two-particle system of particles.
As the velocity approaches c, the relativistic mass of each particle approaches infinity:
Which means the energy (and temperature) approach infinity. There is no such thing as a maximum theoretical temperature.
LHC Particle Soup Is the Hottest Thing Mankind Ever Made
Article was obviously written by someone who has never had one of these:
posted on 08/16/2012 6:57:12 AM PDT
(I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
they haven't had REAL hot coffee since the lawsuit...
posted on 08/16/2012 2:52:25 PM PDT
(American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
Boltzman's constant is k = 8.617 3324 x 10-5 eV K-1, and each lead ion has energy 287 TeV, corresponding to T = 3,300,000 trillion degrees. But this is not a temperature, just an energy divided by k. The temperature of the quark gluon plasma created by the collision is about one millionth of that.
posted on 08/16/2012 3:58:53 PM PDT
...love the napalm filling...
posted on 08/16/2012 4:03:17 PM PDT
by Joe 6-pack
(Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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