Physicists brew up perfect liquid

“This is amazing,” Westfall added, “But it shows that you cannot just rely on making theories alone. In the end, you have to build the machine and do the experiment. What you learn is often more beautiful than the most vivid imagination.”

The researchers produced the new form of matter by colliding two gold nuclei at the highest energies available on Earth. It exists for less than one thousandth of a billionth of a billionth of a second. “This discovery will make us all go back to the drawing board and re-examine all of our theoretical models,” said colleague Scott Pratt, “It may take years before we understand all of what we are seeing.”

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  1. You know, I think this is really cool. All along the particle theorists have been pooh-poohing all the messy theory work we had to do for condensed matter (what used to be called “solid state”) physics. In condensed matter physics, many-particle effects and correlations are terribly important and produce lots of weird and wonderful effects like semiconductor “holes” and other weird “quasiparticles”, electron-pairing in superconductors, interesting interactions with light, lattice vibrations (phonons) and tons more stuff. Now it looks like at least some of the same complications are there for quarks and gluons at high energies… cool!

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