On the trail of two key ingredients in the universe's super-hot primordial soup
For a few millionths of a second after the Big Bang, the universe consisted of an extremely hot mix of the elementary particles quarks and gluons at a temperature a couple of hundred thousand times that at the centre of the sun. Over the past several decades, physicists working with particle accelerators have been smashing nucleus together at tremendous speeds to recreate this quark–gluon plasma (QGP). The experiments are shedding light on the birth of our universe. The EU-funded HeavyQGP project is laying the groundwork to take full advantage of significant upgrades to an important ongoing collider experiment. With high-tech instrumentation and analysis, the project will help define the perfect recipe for this super-hot primordial soup.
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