beauty quark


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a quark with a charge of -1/3 and a mass about 10,000 times that of an electron

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After travelling only 2 millimetres in the accelerator, the beauty quark decayed to a lighter quark - still paired with the original up quark - and the extra energy was carried off in the form of electron-like particles called muons.
While up quarks last for billions of years, the large beauty quarks swiftly decay into lower-energy particles in about 1.
The experiment is designed to examine what happens to beauty quarks, which form in high-energy explosions - not least the big bang.
By comparing the decay products of beauty quarks, LHC researchers hope to find clues as to why our universe seems to favour matter over antimatter.