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LHCb discovers a double-charm tetraquark

Conventional mesons and baryons consist of a quark-antiquark and three quarks respectively. However, particles with an alternative quark content, known as exotic states, have been actively discussed since the birth of the constituent quark model in…

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Installation of the critical first half of the LHCb SciFi detector progresses

The LHCb SciFi tracker is the replacement of the Outer Tracker (based on gas straw tubes) and the Inner Tracker (Silicon microstrips) by a single detector technology (see also a previous EP newsletter article and a CERN Courier article). The…

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Anomalous measurements: recent LHCb results deepen flavour puzzle

The crown jewel of particle physics, the Standard Model (SM), has withstood numerous experimental trials. However, there are still some observations it cannot explain. Examples such as dark matter and the matter-antimatter imbalance in the Universe…

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LHC takes on the SMEFT challenge

The quest for new physics at the LHC is entering a new phase: the experiments are designing new strategies to target potential deviations from the Standard Model (SM) predictions in a systematic way, to complement the traditional “bump hunts” and,…

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LHCb experiment looks forward

The LHCb detector provides unique precision coverage of the forward region at the LHC, enabling world-leading studies of flavour physics and more. The collaboration is currently installing the first major upgrade of the detector. This upgrade will…

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CERN's new open data policy supports open science

The four main LHC collaborations (ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and LHCb) have unanimously endorsed a new open data policy for scientific experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which was presented to the CERN Council today. The policy commits to…

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LHCb in the hunt of tetraquarks

In 2003, the Belle collaboration reported the observation of an unexpected new particle, showing up in the mass spectrum of J/ψ π π candidated. Its mass was somewhat close to the value expected for the yet unobserved χc1(2P) charmonium, but its…

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LHC experiments ramp-up activities

Around the world,research centres, laboratories and universities have closed as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic — forcing an increasing number of researchers to work from home. Researchers teleworking coordinated with colleagues who had to…

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