Thursday, June 24, 2010

'God particle' sounds like coins in a wine glass, scientists claim

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) say they have replicated the noise that may be created when the Higgs Boson particle is made - the sound of coins spinning in a wine glass.

The Large Hadron Collider
The Large Hadron Collider Photo: PA
The LHC is being used to attempt to produce the particle – nicknamed the "God particle" – which scientists believe will help explain how the universe came into being.
Physicists have yet to make a Higgs boson particle, but they now believe that when it is created it will sound like several coins clattering around the bowl of a wine glass.
The team working at the LHC in Switzerland hopes that if and when it is successful in creating a Higgs boson by crashing protons into each other at super fast speeds, it will be easier to detect because they will know what to listen for.
Scientists used information from computer models to calculate what the creation of the particle will sound like, a process called "sonification".
LHC Sound, a group of scientists, musicians and artists in London, has used data on the particles and matched it to qualities such as pitch and volume to determine how the collision will sound.
Dr Lily Asquith, who models data for the LHC and has contributed to the sound project, wrote on her blog: "Sound seems the perfect tool with which to represent the complexity of the data.
"Our ears are superb at locating the source and location of sounds relative to one another ... We also have an incredible ability to notice slight changes in pitch or tempo over time and to recognise patterns in sound after hearing them just once."

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