Physicists just smashed quasiparticles together for the first time

physicts smashedPhysicists are pretty great at smashing particles such as protons and lead ions together at mind-boggling speeds in particle colliders like the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), but particles are only half the story when it comes to understanding the tiniest interactions that govern the fundamental workings of the Universe.

There are also interactions between particles that behave so consistently, they’re almost like entirely new versions of particles – like a single, massive particle, rather than a conglomeration of particles all acting in sync. These phenomena are called quasiparticles, and for the first time ever, physicists have managed to collide some together to see what happens.

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