For 50 years, the research community has unsuccessfully hunted for the so-called Odderon particle. Scientists have now discovered the mythical particle through extensive analysis of experimental data from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland.
In 1973, two French particle physicists discovered that, according to their calculations, there was a previously unknown quasiparticle. The discovery prompted her international search.
A particle of Odderon is formed when protons collide for a short time, bouncing off each other and scattering. Protons are made up of quarks and gluons, which for a short time form the particles of Odderon and Pomeron.
And now the research team, which includes researchers from Lund University, has managed to identify the Odderon particle in connection with an expanded data analysis study at the CERN particle accelerator.
“This is an important milestone in the field of particle physics! It seems fantastic to me to contribute to a deeper understanding of matter – the fundamental building blocks of our world.”
Roman Pasechnik is a particle physics researcher at Lund University.
Through extensive analysis of data on collisions of protons with protons and protons with antiprotons, the researchers were able to detect this particle. The analysis took several months, but in the end it paid off.