Tuesday, November 15, 2011

LHCb Sees CP Violation in D Charm Mesons

Forget the Higgs. The LHC has plenty of other physics to tackle.

New report out of the LHCb detector shows an asymmetry in the decay of the D and anti-D charm mesons that signify a CP violation. The CP violation events are thought to be a major candidate in explaining why our universe is populated by matter and not antimatter. We have already seen examples of such violations in Kaon decay. This observation, if it holds, is a stronger-than-expected detection in the charm meson.

You can read a more technical description of this at Cosmic Variance.

Plenty of exciting stuff ahead for the LHC, even without the Higgs.


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