Scientists Find Music in 'God Particle'

LHC data used to mimic sound of Higgs boson collision
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2010 11:16 AM CDT
CERN scientists control computer screens showing traces of the first protons injected in the Large Hadron Collider.   (AP Photo/Fabrice Coffrini, Pool, File)

(Newser) – Scientists searching for the elusive Higgs boson "God particle" have devised a way to listen for it. Data from the Large Hadron Collider have been used to predict the sounds that will be made by sub-atomic particles like the Higgs as they collide. The results are surprisingly melodic, a composer involved with the project tells the BBC, which has samples of the team's work.

"If the energy is close to you, you will hear a low pitch and if it's further away you hear a higher pitch," explains one scientist. "If it's lots of energy it will be louder and if it's just a bit of energy it will be quieter." Added the composer: "We can hear clear structures in the sound, almost as if they had been composed. They seem to tell a little story all to themselves. They're so dynamic and shifting all the time, it does sound like a lot of the music that you hear in contemporary composition."

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