Skip to comments.Scientists Re-Create High Temperatures From Big Bang
Posted on 02/16/2010 1:36:08 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
Atom smashers at a U.S. national lab have produced temperatures not seen since the Big Bang 7.2 trillion degrees, or 250,000 times hotter than the sun's interior in work re-creating the universe's first microseconds.
The results come from the 2.4-mile-wide Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at the Department of Energy's Brookhaven (N.Y.) National Laboratory. Since 2000, scientists there have hurtled gold atoms together at nearly the speed of light. These smash-ups heat bubbles smaller than the center of an atom to about 40 times hotter than the center of an imploding supernova.
Scientists say the results have given them insight into the moments after the universe began 13.7 billion years ago.
"The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider was designed to re-create conditions in the infant universe," Brookhaven's Steven Vigdor said at the American Physical Society meeting in Washington, D.C.
"These (collision) temperatures are hot enough to melt protons," Vigdor says, likely forming a soup of subatomic particles freed from the interior of atoms, called a "quark-gluon" plasma. "It is new and important evidence showing that an exotic form of matter, last seen in the Big Bang, has been formed," says physicist Thomas Cohen of the University of Maryland in College Park, who was not part of the experiment. "It is not quite a 'smoking gun' in that it is also
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“Atom smashers at a U.S. national lab have produced temperatures not seen since the Big Bang 7.2 trillion degrees.”
OK, if they recreated it - how come no new big bang.
Guess they were wrong again.
7.2 trillion. Isn’t that what AlGore said the temp was inside the earth?
Boy that is almost as hot as the center of the earth according to Al Gore.
>>OK, if they recreated it - how come no new big bang.<<
How do we know? For all we know the Universe was destroyed and an exact duplicate put in its place.
They only re-created it only to the few microseconds
So now that they have it what can they do with it.
It’s too hot to pop popcorn.
Do they have any contingency plans just in case this thing gets out of hand ?
I guess he knows, he’s been there.
The temperature was probably confined to a much smaller space than the Big Bang. Besides, the Big Bang was more than just temperature.
A nuclear bomb puts out as much heat as the sun, but we don't fire up a new sun every time we light one off.
Yes, they do. I have never heard of an accident at these “atom smasher” facilities.
You can’t read things like this and believe them, anymore.
You have to consider whether the scientist is motivated by grants or politics or both. Or you have to wonder if their source is a college kid backpacking in Europe.
That's where the 57th State came from.
I’m hardly a Luddite, but I’ve got a feeling this isn’t going to end well.
I believe it. The most interesting thing to come out of this is will be the development of a micro black hole.
...they also re-created the Prime Mover.
How do you dissipate 7.2 trillion degrees?
Was it replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable?
Your statement makes no sense. No one claims that the high temperature *caused* the Big Bang, only that the temperatures were PRESENT at the time of the Big Bang.
You are putting the cart before the horse. That’s like a painter mixing colors together to get a hue that is in the Mona Lisa and you wondering when another Mona Lisa did not spontaneously erupt from the mixture.