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SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN May 2006 

"The First Few Microseconds"

「宇宙最初の100万分の1秒」より抜粋

By Michael Riordan /William A. Zajc M. リオーダン /W. A. ザイツ
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For the past five years, hundreds of scientists have been using a powerful new atom smasher at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island to mimic conditions that existed at the birth of the universe. 米国大西洋岸,ニューヨークにほど近いロングアイランド島にある米国立ブルックヘブン研究所で,この5年間,何百人もの科学者が宇宙誕生直後の状態を再現しようと試みてきた。
Called the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC, pronounced "rick"), it clashes two opposing beams of gold nuclei traveling at nearly the speed of light. The resulting collisions between pairs of these atomic nuclei generate exceedingly hot, dense bursts of matter and energy to simulate what happened during the first few microseconds of the big bang. These brief "mini bangs" give physicists a ringside seat on some of the earliest moments of creation. 続きは

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