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  1. 08 Nov '13 13:30
    http://phys.org/news/2013-11-high-energy-physicists-family-four-quark.html

    Is is possible to make some kind of stable atoms out of some combination of several of these 4-quark particles?
  2. 08 Nov '13 13:52
    Originally posted by humy
    http://phys.org/news/2013-11-high-energy-physicists-family-four-quark.html

    Is is possible to make some kind of stable atoms out of some combination of several of these 4-quark particles?
    That seems highly unlikely because the 4-quarks themselves, if confirmed, are highly unstable particles. If stable combinations of such composite particles into nuclei would be possible, one would expect such stable particles to have been observed already.
  3. 08 Nov '13 14:18 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by KazetNagorra
    That seems highly unlikely because the 4-quarks themselves, if confirmed, are highly unstable particles. If stable combinations of such composite particles into nuclei would be possible, one would expect such stable particles to have been observed already.
    Damn! Oh well; we will just have to stick to making things out of boring old ordinary atoms.
  4. Standard member Soothfast
    0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,
    08 Nov '13 21:27
    Originally posted by humy
    Damn! Oh well; we will just have to stick to making things out of boring old ordinary atoms.
    I hear the universe next door has a substance called quadruquatrovierfourium made up of three hither quarks and one thither quark. (Unfortunately the physicists over there have the same utter lack of imagination when it comes to naming their particles as ours have.)
  5. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    09 Nov '13 03:07
    Originally posted by KazetNagorra
    That seems highly unlikely because the 4-quarks themselves, if confirmed, are highly unstable particles. If stable combinations of such composite particles into nuclei would be possible, one would expect such stable particles to have been observed already.
    The heck with a mere 4, lets go for 6, that should be a new island of stability.