Questions and Answers from Virtual Ask-a-Scientist of June 5, 2003
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Welcome to Virtual Ask-a-Scientist.
I am Elizabeth Clements, of the Office of Public Affairs at Fermilab, and
I will be your moderator for the evening. Our guest scientists tonight are
Mike Clements, of Fermilabís DZero experiment and Chris Laughton, of Fermilabís
NuMI-MINOS experiment. And now we are ready for your questions.
I'm a new 6th grade Science teacher
in Colorado. Our standard says students should be able to name the subatomic
particles that make up an atom. What do you think should be included in this
(anything besides protons, neutrons, and electrons)? In other words, what
do you think a 6th grader should know about atoms?
Hi Rick. Good question.
Rick, when I was in 6th
grade we only were taught about the basics which you listed. Now, with so
much more known about the sub-atomic world, I would think that students that
age should at least know that there are such things as quarks making up protons
Great. How are things at Fermilab?
Hi Harpo: Things are fine
at Fermilab. Weather is dry on surface but wet underground (I'm a tunnel
engineer so my perspective is a bit different!) Trust all is fine with you
Is it posible for particles with zero mass to rest in a non dimenstional state.
Could you clarify this
a little bit for me. Are you asking if, for example, there is a situation
in which a photon could be at rest?
Hi! I have a bunch of questions I've been wanting to get answered, so here goes: Is there negative mass?
Hey Fayn-Man! Nice name:-)
The short answer to your question is no. There is only positive mass.
Otherwise gravity would not just attract, but it would also repel.
Hi. I typed a question before, just seeing if this pops up...
We got it! I think that your answer just came up too!
I guess it's just slow. Thanks for the answer Mike
Feyn-Man, you're welcome:-)
What does a tunnel engineer do at Fermilab? Are there projects all the time?
I came to work on the
first deep tunnel that Fermilab has ever built (usually the tunnel structures
here are relatively shallow < 50ft). The tunnel I worked on is about 4000
feet long and over 300 feet deep and will house a "neutrino experiment".
Can negative mass account for gravity, like an anti-Higgs particle or something?
Remember, gravity is purely
an attractive force, which means that there can only be one type of mass
"charge", which is positive. Whether we call that "charge" positive or negative
is arbitrary, but there can only be one.
Well in a way yes. I was interested
in subject where some particles seem to disappear then reappear with different
properties. More on the line of quantum entanglement. The hole spooky effect.
Perhaps, for example, like a photon "decaying" into a positron/electron pair?
Chris... How does a person become a tunnel engineer? What's your background?
My background is in mining
and civil engineering. I started-out as an production miner in a Cornish
tin mine over 25 years ago and moved in to building tunnels for civil engineering
projects some 20 years ago. There is lots of tunneling work at present as
many US and European cities are too congested to allow water, serwer, rail
and metro systems to be built on surface - I've worked on a lot of these
knnds of projects during my career, but at present I'm here at Fermilab.
I enjoy working in tunnels of all types!
How is the Large Hadron Collider
going to affect your work? Will you guys be shipped off to Geneva, or continue
your work at the Tevatron?
The Tevatron will be around
for a long time to come. The LHC will not be online and really getting good
data until 2008-2009. Even after that the Tevatron will still be an active
spot for high energy physics. I know that I will be here probably beyond
when the LHC comes online:-)
So, if you weren't working at Fermilab, would you work for someone doing civil infrastructure projects?
Yep. Tunneling is becoming
very popoular. Its often an environmentally-friendly option for city infrastrcture
projects. Some projects in the US include "The Big Dig" in Boston and the
"Eastside Access" in New York not to mention all those metro systems that
are being developed (most have a major underground component).
Jorge, it is extremely cool!
Chicago... your kind of town.
Is it cool to work at Fermilab? Must be a bit of a different experience.
I'm very proud to be a part of it:-)
Feyn-Man, where does your interest in physics stem from?
Has anyone out there ever visited the lab?
There are a lot of neat things to see in person:-)
Are there tours still going on, or have Bin Laden et al. screwed everything up?
We do have some guided tours
available. There will be a tour Sunday, June 8. Here is the press release:
I get the Fermi news sent to me as a member of the general public
Terrific! I hope that you enjoy reading it!
Another strange question: Why
do field lines surrounding a superconductor have discrete field lines while
fields surrounding regular conductors and magnets are continuous?
That is a good question
for which there is a very complex answer! The answer lies buried in quantum
mechanics. It is rather difficult for me to explain it without showing you
some of the mathematics involved. Judging from your name, you may have read
a lecture feynman once gave. He was attempting to describe quantum mechanics
to an audience with little or no scientific/mathematical background. He
said "i would love to tell you about it. unfortunately, the english language
is inadequate to describe it and therefore need a more powerful language...
How can I get Ferminews?
You can subscribe online! Here is the link: http://www.fnal.gov/pub/ferminews/web_signup_fnews/sign_up.html
More on the space time levels
of photons. Is there any theories about sub atomic particles of any type
that might preside in a non-dimensional field. I guess you would say it is
a rest, because there is no dimensions in which it travel except a 2 or our
3 dimensional frame of reference. I know this more on the metaphysical side
Nothing concrete that i
know about entangled. by the way, there is nothing wrong with metaphysics:-)
I have some books on the subject myself!
What about you, Chris? Working at Fermilab must be very different from other jobs you've had.
Working at Fermilab is
a little different. The requirements for the tunneled structures are a little
more stingent than with many other tunnels but fortunately the "ground" stays
the same. The physicists are great owners to work for - always interested
in the tunneling process. Chris
Can you just come to the lab for a visit?
Blaine, you most certainly may:-) You can even arrange for tours of the detectors if you like.
FermiNews: First Phase of NuMI Construction Complete http://www.fnal.gov/pub/ferminews/ferminews02-12-06/p1.html
What involvement does the Fermi lab have with the ITER project
Fermilab is not currently involved
with the ITER project. The US ITER team met with the US LHC team at Fermilab
about a month ago to discuss working with international collaborations. Fermilab
is not contributing any science though. Here is a FermiNews article about
ITER's visit to Fermilab: http://www.fnal.gov/pub/ferminews/ferminews03-05-09/p4.html
If the top quark is a part of
hadrons and other such particles, why is so much energy needed to manufacture
it where as the hadrons themselves do not need as much energy to produce?
Good one:-) This has to do with the fact that the quarks which make up hadrons are bound within that hadron.
Mike, understood. If I come to the lab for a visit I'll have to pick your brain.
please do. public affairs can put you in touch with me:-)
Chris, I'm sure the tolerances
for these tunnels must be pretty stringent. Given that most of the engineering
buildings I have encountered have ironically all sunk to some not-so-small
degree, how do you assure that the tunnel hasn't shifted? If it does shift,
can it be "fixed"?
Well fortunately Fermilab
is founded on stiff soils and rock and the buildings and tunnels are relatively
stable. The tunnel I worked on was excavated in rocks which are much stronger
than concrete - final alignment of the civil structures was tight and will
remain stable> tunnel was mined to an accuracy of +/- 6 inches and the
beampipes will be aligned to millimeters. Underground surveys have been stablished
using a combination of conventional theodolites, gyrotheodolites and even
interial guidance equipment. We're not expecting these tunnel stuructres
to move at all but we'll keep checking!
Is it true that the force attracting quarks to one another actually increases the farther apart they get? Do we know why?
Feyn-Man, this is true.
It is like two quarks are held together by a rubber band. The further apart
you pull them, the harder the rubber band will try to bring them back together.
Why are particles which need high energies to manufacture unstable and quickly disintegrate into other particles?
Oopsleon, ultimately mother
nature always prefers things to be in the lowest possible energy state.
this applies not only to particle physics, but everything in nature.
So you build a tunnel under Fermilab and shoot neutrinos to Minnesota?
Exactly right. The tunnel
will house a beam of neutrinos that are aimed down into the earth crust at
an angle of some 6 degrees. These neutrinos travel through the earth crust
all the way to northern Minnesota where they are detected by an underground
detector located 2000 feet underground at the base of an old mine shaft.
You can visit the mine and detector hall - its all preserved as part of a
state park by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - great place
What are some of the practical applications
that have come out of Fermilab? Do the scientists make additional money if
something useful is invented?
Hey Rick. None of us make
any extra money of the work we do here. In terms of practical applications
there are several. A lot of work is done here developing new superconductor
technology required for the powerful magnets we use. For example. superconducting
wire is very difficult to produce, but we do it. There are also many new
computing algorithms and techniques we develop. I, for example, develop
neural networks to help identify particles. Even the world wide web was
born through high energy physics at CERN. Even with all this though, the
most important thing is the pure discovery. Who knew when the electron was
discovered in 1897 that it would be so important (TV, computers, all electronics,
Chris...How was the tunnel "dug"? That sounds like a huge project!
The rock tunnels were dug using explosives and a tunnel boring machine,
Why would neutrino oscillations be evidence for neutrino mass?
For something to decay
it needs to have a mass. If we start with a tau neutrino here at fermilab
and "shoot" it to a detector in minnesota that detects an electron neutrino
instead, then we infer that it had oscillated (changed) because it has lowered
its energy by "lowering its mass".
Do you guys do any work with Lincoln Labs
Nope, but i have some friends there:-)
I read that gluons hold quarks together by changing the quarks color, how would changing the color accomplish this?
quarks may change there color, the difference being carried off by the gluon, however, they do not have to .
Is the radiation fromFermi Lab syncrotron used for any x-ray expariments.
Lambdalana, the radiation is not used in any x-ray experiments.
Is there any evidence, theoretical
or proven, that anti-particles are particles traveling backwards through
time (other than the mathematical charts and such)?
Oopsleon, wouldn't it be
cool if there was! :-) But, no, to my knowledge there is none. Modern physics
dictates on solid ground that traveling backwards in time cannot occur.
Harpo (in addition). Explosives
are used to excavate rock by drilling small holes (1-2 inch diameter) and
then loading them with explosive cartridges - this makes a lot of noise and
vibration and isn't great when you're working adjacent to Fermilab's beamline
tunnels! Our contractor also used a Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM). The TBM
used on this job used rolling steel discs (they look a bit like glass cutter
discs) to chip-out rock at the tunnel heading - conveyors remove broken rock
from the heading as the cutters rotate concentrically around the tunnel axis
to create a circular tunnel. Works great and can cut even the hardest rocks
such as granite (although the cutter wear can be signficant in more abrasive
Allright...Prepare for a dumb question... If a neutrino has mass, how can it travel through the earth?
Well for one, it has a
VERY tiny mass:-) Also, neutrinos only interact via the weak force. Not
a dumb question, by the way. I still don't really get it either:-)
so in essence physics is twentieth century alchemy.
Hi Lou, I wouldn't say alchemy:-) We like to think we understand what is actually happening.
What force then holds the quarks together?
Oopsleon, the strong force,
mediated by gluons, is what binds quarks in hadrons. The physical theory
behind this force is called quantum chromodynamics.
Do photons have a charge?
Nope, photons have no charge.
Then what's "weak force"?
Harpo, there are 4 fundamental
forces. Gravity, electromagnetic, weak, and strong. In electromagnetism
the force is mediated by photons, while the weak force is mediated by massive
bosons called W and Z.
Sounds noisy. How did the neighbors react?
We had a few questions
about noise (in my experience every tunnel job that uses explosves receives
some questions about blasting!) but we followed-up (Fermilab had set-up a
hot line to answere any quesitons and our team did a good job of responding
quicky to everyone) and we were able to allay all concerns. Our main problem
was that sometimes the neighbors didn't hear the blast warning sirens so
the blsat cam as a complete surprise!
Are anti particles and dark matter the same thing
entangled, nobody really
knows what dark matter is. though most scientists would disagree with me,
i actually believe that our understanding of laws governing gravity are incorrect.
When does the annual jog around the Tevatron take place?
I have been trying to find
out about this too! The recreation office had an Employee Fitness Day a couple
of weeks ago. I have heard that the Tevatron jog is not an "official" lab
activity. People just get together and decide to run around the 4 mile ring.
isnt it impossible to 'objectively'
study any particle/wave, because the percieving conciousness changes the
'activity' of the object percieved?
Hey Lou, this is a deep
question. ultimately yes, our simple act of observing something does change
what it is we are observing. as to wether or not it is the percieving conciousness
altering the observed is hotly debatable:-)
We know that Einstein has talked
about Grand Unification Theory and the Scientists have conducted experiments
about light ray bend by gravity. Have they repeated such experiments so
Hi Sinh, the bending of
light be gravity has been verified experimentally many times in the past
few years. The experiments look at gravitational lensing. This is when
the light from a distant galaxy is bent by another galaxy sitting between
us and the light source.
That could be a shock! How many times did you have to blast?
Hundreds of times within
the space of about a year. It really isn't too loud (thunder-clap level)
but it would surprise me sometimes (and I was supposed to know what was coming!).
The niose level at a particular location varied from blast to blast as a
function of weather conditions - notably wind direction.
Is there any work going on at Fermi Lab about VSL theory?
Oopsleon, not to my knowledge.
Gravity bends photon trajectory!
Do you think there could be a reciprocal effect? That means gravity may be
created by a curved trajectory of a photon?
Sinh, very creative thinking:-) Anything is possible.
That mass doesn't crate a distortion in space?
I think that it does, however,
the mathematics may need to be modified a bit. There may be perturbations
that we do not take into account. Perhaps it is like the strong force and
there is a coupling constant that grows larger and larger.....
What do you mean by that Mike? (re: gravity)
Hi Jorge, in my last response to oopsleon i tried to clarify:-)
Mike will the search for gravity waves prove fruitful
Lambdalana, i certainly do think so!!!
In Leon Lederman's book "The God
Particle" he made a short reference to a theory that if you had an object
with large enough compacted mass and rotated it fast enough, it would mess
up space-time and result in time travel. He said that this would cause the
mass to flatten into a disc. Is this hinting at black holes as time travel
Hello Guest, I cannot speak
for him, however, i think so. If you came near enough to a rapidly rotating
black hole and then came back here to earth you would find that much more
time had passed here on earth than for you by the black hole.
has anyone experimented with the
various ray energies that filter thru our atmospherer from the planets and
other cosmic bodies, and their subtle effects on the organisms of this planet....
yes, many people have.
these are cosmic rays (mostly muons by the time they go through you:-) ).
their effect on biological organisms is very limited and certainly nothing
to worry about (excpet for UV light from the sun!!!).
why do you use protons and anti-protons
at the Tevatron? What would electrons and positrons create differently from
Feyn-Man, we could not have found the top quark with electrons and positrons! :-)
and will that data put to rest classical and quantum gravity theory?
nope. there is no good
theory for quantum gravity as of yet, and even with the discovery of gravity
waves there will still need to be a quantum theory.
so could the vibratory rate of an
organism determine what they percieve as 'the world out there' - in other
words, , if my vibratory rate changed, sped up, could i in theory 'dissapear'
because the surrounding vibratory rates are not sufficient to bind my energy
to the environments vibratory force?
Lou, i'm not sure i follow the question.
So gravity is really a bond between the quarks that crates a snowball effect
entangled, i do not believe so:-)
Everyone, I'm trying to answer all your questions, so please be patient with me:-)
how much does it cost to dig a tunnel like that?
It has cost Fermilab over
$30million to build the NuMI Tunnel and two vertical access shafts and it
will cost a bit less than $20 million to equip them with power, light, ventilation
elevators and two service buildings. Then the physicist will come in to install
the remainder of the beamline components that will be used to create the
I have sent a query to Jospeh B.
Gurman in NASA about the effect caused by a photon that travels in a round
circle. He told me that I should ask specialist in particle Phyiscs. I wonder
if we compute such effect we may find some connection between light (electro
magnetic waves) and gravity . Then may we hope for some track of the unification
between gravity and elctromagnectic force?
Sinh, you never know. this is something we can discuss further.
in relation to the cosmic rays, has
anyone studied the effects of the rays as far as thought and action go....in
other words, has anyone undertaken to seperate various rays and study the
affects it may have on someones behaviour patterns or perceptions?
Lou, I'm not really sure about that one.
so if one persons energetic system
is vibrating more quickly, and thus less dense, then would that person have
access to other perceptions or 'dimensions' that may not be available to
another person with a vibratory rate that is much denser, and thus more
bound to the material plane, so to speak?
Lou, it almost sounds like you are asking about the plausibility of things such as out of body experiences...
is there a similar tunnel in Minn.?
In northern Minnesota
a detector hall has been built. It is constructed adjacent to an old mine
shaft. The hall or cavern is about 50 feet wide, 30 feet high and around
200 feet long. It is accessed by an old mine shaft that is 2000 feet deep
and a short tunnel. The mine is maintained as a park facility by the Minnesota
Department of Natural Resources - neat place to visit.
Where can I find about the descriptions of starlight bent by gravity experiments ? Is information from the Internet available?
Hi Sinh, give me until
tomorrow and I will email you the names of some books and links to such information.
If you look on the internet for "Einstein's cross" you are sure to find
Sinh, here is a link to a gravitational lense photo and some info
Has there been any studies relating to decaying photons and gravtional pull
entangled, I'm not really sure.
Is there any creedence to those that would revisit classical theory to explain quantum effects. Is it MOND?
classical theory is perfectly good in my book. Many people do it and try
to look for things that may have been missed or misunderstood. Though, in
truth, not much success has been had in that direction:-)
Chris--It sounds like the level
of precision is a little higher in physics tunneling projects. What other
differences are there?
I find that tunnels are
never dry enough for accelerator and detector systems! All tunnels I've ever
been in have a leak or two so there is usually a compromise necessary between
what the physicists ideally need and what the tunnel engineer can provide.
Dryness requirements are more stringent than in tunnels built for other purposes.
Jorge, sorry that i have
not gotten to your earlier questions! My apologies! I'm a physicist on
the DZero experiment here at Fermilab. I decided to go into physics because
i think it is just about the most amazing thing in the world, and, it is
a lot of fun!!!
is the velocity of a neutrino mesurable?
by measuring the energy
deposited in a detector by the neutrinos one should be able to infer the
velocity (about the speed of light)
in addition to my obvious passions
I have a strong interest in static electric generating machines; in particular
VandeGraaff Generators. Do you know what it intails in building one. Simple?
Hi Lou. Van de graaff
generators are pretty simple to build (and can be bought for less then $100
if you don't need more than 200kV). They are very safe machines to use.
If you build one just be careful when installing the motor as that is the
only place where there is dangerous current. Check out this link if you're
...vs. non-physics, civil engineering tunnel projects...?
Alignment tolerances and
watertightness requirements are typically much less stringent in other tunnels
built for most infrastrcture projects. For example: alignment tolerances
for water tunnels maybe on the order of +/- feet and water inflows on the
order of gallons per minute per hundred foot of tunnel. Compare that to the
alignment tolerances for the Large Electron Positron accelerator tunnel (built
over the Switzerland/France border at the Eurpopean Particle Physics Laboratory)
of +/- 4 inches over 2 miles and a water inflow limitation of a few gallons
How many different type of detectors are in use at Fermi Lab? Are you still using the chyrenkov? light detector?
Lambdalana, we use every
kind of detector you can imagine here at Fermilab:-) There are many different
types of light detectors at work, as well as calorimeters which are huge
tanks filled with liquid argon and uranium that stop the particles and capture
Thankyou! The reason why I am so
interested in the photon trajectory is the similarity between the escape
velocity of a satellite bound by gravity and the way we can release a photon
out of it gravity orbit. If we hit a orbital photon with another photon
(laser) with enough energy, the orbital photon will be kicked out of orbit
and energy will be released?
hmmmm, not so sure. need to give that some thought:-)
so could an experiment be set
up to use high enough speeds to make the neutrinos mass increase in a value
about the same as an electron? (using relativity)
recall that any particle
can be sped up to speeds near (but not at) the speed of light. their relative
mass will then get greater, however, the rest mass stays the same.
What is the latest on quantum entanglement.
entangled, i'm nor really sure. this is not a subject which i encounter often:-)
Are there experiments on photon collisions?
most certainly there are. however, i'm not sure where off the top of my head.
Chris - can anybody go down into the tunnel? What kind of training do you need?
At present access underground
is limited. There is a contractor installing pipes and cables and constructing
the service buildings. With all this undergorund activity there is a need
to limit access and ensure that anyone that needs to go underground is properly
trained before they "go down". More training will be needed once the civil
construction is completed and the "technical installation" begins.
what is scalar field weaponry, and is it at all related to what you're doing?
we do absolutely no weapons
research here at the lab. scalar field weaponry is basically (as far as
i know) a particle beam weapon.
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Mike, If I were to build one, could
I put at risk my electronic equipmen in the room. For example my 3.5 floppys
and computers? Also, if I were to put my disks on a change dish, would that
save them? And last but not least, what do you know about scalor weapons?
Yes! Electrostatics will
definetly harm your computer! If you wrapped your disks tightly in foil
that would protect them. As far as scalar weapons, i mentioned above that
they are particle beam weapons.
can't we induce acceleration
until the relative neutrino mass get to mesurable values and then calculate
it's rest mass by using the final speed necessary to do so?
neutrinos travel at nearly
the speed of light. the amount of energy that would be required to increase
their velocity further is more than we can hope to produce anytime in the
near term (or even long term?).
What does it look like down in the tunnel?
The NuMI tunnel looks
good - my personal opinion. Some rock walls are coated with a sprayed concrete,
some are just bare rock. I prefer bare rock - the rocks under Fermilab are
sedimentary in origin and were formed in shallow sea and lake environments
- dolomitic limestones, siltstones and shales that are nearly half a billion
years old! Good place to store wine and/or grow mushrooms!
Foil YES, but what about a change dish?
I don't think i would take that chance:-)
What kind of watches do you folks wear when your in the tunnel? Does the magnetism effect them?
when the tevatron is operating
and the magnets are powered up there is nobody in the tunnel. it would be
far to dangerous. before the beam is engaged alarms go off and people are
taken out of the tunnel. once on, the tunnel is locked out.
Have you heard of any experiments using photons to produce cold fussion
Not any that I am aware of. I think a lot of the cold fusion research these days revolves around using sound waves.
what if you were in a dorm room with
somewhat limited space and a fan that ran around the clock; would that
make a difference in the Faraday cage effect of the change dish?
hmmmm, perhaps. but only if you were at Brown:-)
Does Fermi Lab hold the out put record? What is it in eV?
Yes it does. The center of mass energy at the lab is 2TeV.
Hi, when i was reading Leon Lederman's
book, the God particle, I came across something called "Spooky action at
a distance"... i was reading up on it and was quite confused about the fact
that this may permit particles to travel faster than the spee of light...
can u shed some light on this?
I cannot shed much light
on it. another user, "entangled", is also very interested in this subject.
the effect is known as quantum entanglement.
about neutrino ocilations; is
that possible that neutinos are in fact only one kind of particle that is
in a stage of uncertaint between dimensions since super string theory postulates
that space-time must have ten dimensions?
it certainly is a possibility:-)
Thanks, Chris. Does that mean
that Fermilab used to covered by Lake Michigan or by a different body of
water? It sounds like you know a lot about rocks and minerals!
Well before the time of
Lake Michigan, which is a fairly recent creation. Over the
years I've developed an appreciation for the materials with which I work
and within which I build - in the same way that a structural engineer would
know about steel and concrete.
i was reading about something called
spooky action at a distance, but couldnt quite understand it... does it mean
that particles can actually travel faster than the speed of light?
no. particles cannot travel
faster than the speed of light. the problem is that two particles very far
away from one another appear to be able to effect one another much faster
than it would take for a signal (light) to travel between them.
How did you know? Was I too obvious?Took
long enough! I haven't seen a better Generator since those days. And once
again I ask the question that you have yet to answer, would a change dish
do the same as a Faraday cage?
Nope, the change dish is not completely covered. Forgive me, I can be rather slow:-)
Thank you and Good night
can quarks dance?
Yes. They especially like the Salsa.
We have about ten minutes left to tonight's chat session. Start thinking about your final questions and please submit them now.
I read about the Kashmir effect
caused by quantum fluctuation. That means two objects are caused to attract
each other by shielding of some "waves in vacuum". Do you think that terrestrial
bodies have gaps ( as distances between them) that are actually causing Kashmir
effect in a large scale between them and this is the cause of the gravity
( attraction) between objects?
I think that this is probably unlikely. But, I'd need to look at it more closely:-)
I have a theory that photons
can rest in a non-dimentional state where they are a constant and that under
certain reations are produce in the 3 dimensional state. There fore from
our frame of reference they appear to travel faster that the speed of light.
There by creating the spooky effect. Maybe that is what dark matter is?
In our 3D state, though, they never exceed the speed of light, as they define it:-)
is it yet known what really happens when a neutrino occilates? what is the most acceptable theory used by scientists today?
for a good answer to this question I would check out this website: http://www-numi.fnal.gov
Mmm, salsa. How do you know
where in the tunnel the collisions will occur, and how do you sift through
all the data for results that are actually interesting?
The Tevatron has several
points where the beams are crossed, so, this is where the collisions occurr.
collecting and sifting through the data is an enormous challenge. our detector
sees 2.5 million collisions per second. of these we pick the 50 most interesting
(per second) and record them to tape. Going from 2,500,000 to 50 per second
is not easy and takes an incredible amount of computing power. We have hundreds
of powerful computers working around the clock. Then it takes a scientist
about 2-3 years to crank out an analysis on the filtered data from the computers.
Will quantum physics every blend into metaphysics? The last particles just is?
some would argue that on some level it already has. who knows what the future will bring.
so this whole thing still under speculation
it is stiill a VERY active area of cutting edge research.
Thanks Mike for your insight to this matter, no pun entended
thanks for joining the chat session! great questions:-)
We are just about out of time. Thank you for all of your excellent questions! I think that some of you stumped our scientists!
Where can I find information on neutron neutron collision?
i'm not sure sinh. we don't do that kind of collision here.
Good night everybody! Thanks for participating in tonight's chat session!
Thank you very much for your kind help!
you're welcome:-) i'll look into your email as well.
Good Night to y'all too. Chris
Good night everyone. thanks for coming!
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