In Wired, the American magazine on emerging technologies, an article appeared with Raimond Snellings about his research on quarks and the related experiments at the LHC, LIGO and Virgo. The results from the experiments can help revealing how the universe came to be in its current state.
The fundamental interactions of quarks are studied by lead ion collisions at the Large Hadron Collider, the accelerator at CERN which is now on a shut down for two years. Current experiments are taking place at the giant detectors Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) in the US, and Virgo in Italy, for the detection of gravitational waves produced by the collision of neutron stars. With the results from the gravitational waves, clues might be found to the origins of quarks, and of the universe itself.
Read the full item online at the website of Wired.