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Searching for new physics and ‘unparticle’ at Amherst

Inside a cylinder mounted on a rotating table top, Amherst College physicists are trying to detect tiny perturbations within mercury atoms, caused by long-range interactions with particles in the Earth’s interior.

Although it’s something of a scientific longshot, if the experiment detects anything, it could reveal new physics — exotic particles and a force of nature never before seen — that would shake up the physics world.

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