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2013-04-25 20:20:13

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) collaboration at CERN discovered a known difference between matter and antimatter, contradicting a long believed theory that they were more similar. The research was part of the Large Hadron Collider beauty (LHCb) experiment which focuses on studying a particular particle called a beauty quark.

This sub-atomic particle, called B0s, is the fourth of its kind to behave differently between matter and antimatter. The research showed that the particle actually prefers matter to antimatter. This asymmetry is called a Charge Parity Violation (CP-Violation), which is how much decay occurs in the sub-atomic particle. In this case, the decay was uneven between the matter and the antimatter.

While this discovery backs the Standard Model for physics, it will also help scientists understand the differences in the particles that make up matter and antimatter. The LHCb will be able to conduct experiments to explain why matter is much more bountiful than its counterpart.

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