Down the Rabbit Hole

Avatar Author: John H Reiher Jr I'm a technical writer and avid gamer. I also dabble in a little fiction writing. Read Bio

“…So, where does this new mass and energy go?” asked the chief researcher for one of the LHC projects.

The team leader sipped his coffee and said, “We think it’s rolled up into another dimension. The folks at CERN are having kittens over this. They had some ‘noise’ in a few of their collisions that they ignored and it turned out that they had seen just the tail end of what we saw in its full glory.”

“Huh, could it be our elusive dark matter?”

“We don’t know. The particles just spiral to a point and then nothing. And the spiral is not flat or cone shaped. The plane of the spiral changes at random describing an ever decreasing sphere.”

“Fascinating. Anything else?”

The team leader made a face. “Yes, we have had quarks appear out of nothing. Nothing between them and the point of collision.”

The other man leaned back as he absorbed the news and said, “Quarks aren’t fundamental particles. That throws string theory for a loop.”

“This is new knowledge. We’ve gone down the rabbit hole and found a new world.”

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  1. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    a very tiny one, all quark sized.. :)

  2. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Mostly over my head, and I’ve even had a college course that covered quantum physics, albeit briefly. Feels like high-brow hinting at something fantastical, though whether that’s good or bad I haven’t decided yet. It’s a vague morning for me.

  3. Avatar John H Reiher Jr

    Thanks ElshaHawk! Hmm, just “Three quarks for Muster Mark”? :-)

    Thanks THX 0477. It’s a bit of “Science” fiction, as opposed to SF. Within the limitations of this new genre, I hope I covered some of the implications of not finding the Higgs at the LHC. There are a few standing bets among scientists that it won’t be found. Implications are enormous.

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