“The Universe Should Not Exist” according to scientists working at CERN—The European Organization for Nuclear Research.
CERN acts as a European research organization that operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world. CERN is an official United Nations Observer.
Now they have made another amazing—yet confusing—discovery; according to results of their studies, the universe we live in should not exist.
The smartest physicists in the world still do not understand why our universe exists, since their calculations indicate that it should have been destroyed the moment it was born when the same quantities of matter and antimatter should have been eliminated from each other.
As noted by Cosmos Magazine, “the standard model predicts the Big Bang should have produced equal amounts of matter and antimatter—but that’s a combustive mixture that would have annihilated itself, leaving nothing behind to make galaxies or planets or people.”
Although various specialists had theorized about different reasons why that did not happen – that they had mass, electric charge or other different characteristics -, they still are unable to reach a unanimous conclusion.
To try to explain—or at least understand—the mystery, physicists have been trying for decades to find the differences between matter and antimatter, some discrepancy that explains how matter, as we can see around us, was able to dominate.
To this end, extremely precise measurements of all kinds of properties of particles and antiparticles have been carried out: mass, electric charges… but the smallest difference between them has yet to be found.
Now, a team of scientists at CERN managed to capture anti-protons in special “Penning traps” revealing that they are identical to their equivalents of matter, except in its opposite electrical charge.
“This tremendous increase in such a short period of time was only possible thanks to completely new methods,” said Stefan Ulmer, spokesperson of the group of researchers who conducted the work.
“All of our observations find a complete symmetry between matter and antimatter, which is why the universe should not actually exist,” explained Christian Smorra, the author of a new study conducted at CERN.
“An asymmetry must exist here somewhere but we simply do not understand where the difference is. What is the source of the symmetry break?”
Now researchers are hoping to study antiprotons in depth to solve this mystery.
The galactic game of difference continues.
After failing to find any differences in the magnetic moment, hopes are now set in another experiment; ALPHA, in which scientists will study the effects of gravity on antimatter and will try to find out if they differ in anything from ordinary matter.
If so, one of the greatest cosmic mystery will be solved once and for all.
If not, we will have to keep looking for the reason why antimatter did not destroy us right after the Big Bang in the first place.
However you look at it, science is EXCITING.
“By upgrading the experiment with several new technical innovations, we feel that some further improvement can still be made, and in the future, following the CERN upgrade expected to finish in 2021, we will be able to achieve an at least ten-fold improvement,”