Scientists excited by Big Bang machine experiments
Wednesday, September 22, 2010; 11:19 AM
GENEVA -- Scientists say the Large Hadron Collider may be on the verge of its first scientific breakthroughs.
They say the $10 billion atom smasher under the Swiss-French border appears to have recreated at a small level the matter that existed in the first moments of the universe.
A scientific paper published this week by the European Organization for Nuclear Research describes how high-energy proton collisions produced unusual readings that could replicate the "hot dense matter" that would have existed microseconds after the Big Bang
Raju Venugopalan, a senior scientist at the U.S. Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, said Wednesday that physicists "are very excited" by the European lab's results.