‘Impossible’ Particle Discovery Adds Key Piece to the Strong Force Puzzle | Quanta Magazine

The unexpected discovery of the double-charm tetraquark has given physicists a new tool with which to hone their understanding of the strongest of nature’s fundamental forces.

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Hasnain says:

“The tetraquark now presents theorists with a solid target against which to test their mathematical machinery for approximating the strong force. Honing their approximations represents physicists’ main hope for understanding how quarks behave inside and outside atoms — and for teasing apart the effects of quarks from subtle signs of new fundamental particles that physicists are pursuing.”

Posted on 2021-09-27T20:36:16+0000