Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Scientists Create The Hottest Temperature Ever in The Lab - Four Trillion Degrees Celsius

That 'whooshing' sound you hear in the distance getting steadily louder, that is the atmosphere igniting and we are all either dead or about to die. I kid of course, but scientists are pushing boundaries creating a temperature of four trillion degrees Celsius in a lab. The temperature created by a giant atom smasher did not last for long, but long enough to give scientist a lot of data to help us understand how the universe formed.


"Scientists have created the hottest temperature ever in the lab -- 4 trillion degrees Celsius -- hot enough to break matter down into the kind of soup that existed microseconds after the birth of the universe.

They used a giant atom smasher at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York to knock gold ions together to make the ultra-hot explosions -- which lasted only for milliseconds.

But that is enough to give physicists fodder for years of study that they hope will help them understand why and how the universe formed.

"That temperature is hot enough to melt protons and neutrons," Brookhaven's Steven Vigdor told a news conference at a meeting of the American Physical Society in Washington on Monday.

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