Particle X17: Hungarian scientists claim they discovered the fifth force of nature

Particle X17: what is the fifth force that Hungarian scientists claim to have discovered?

Scientists from the Nuclear Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences ( Atomki ) claim to have identified in the X17 particle the fifth force of nature. After years of research, their findings were revealed in a new study released this week.


Scientists claim they discovered the fifth force of nature.
Scientists claim they discovered the fifth force of nature.


The standard current model of particle physics can not explain this Phenomenon.

The discovery came after analyzing the behavior of an excited helium atom and how it emits light as it decays. The team, led by Attila Krasznahorkay, found that the particles in the atom divided far more than expected into 115-degree angles. As an atom decays, the excess energy creates another particle that breaks down into positrons and electrons.

"It is a phenomenon that cannot be explained under the current standard model of particle physics, a relativistic theory that describes the fundamental structure of matter and space, taking into account elementary particles.



Scientists found the fifth force of nature.
Scientists found the fifth force of nature.



How the X17 particle works

The researchers suggest that the X17 particle is capable of "transporting forces acting at tiny distances" and that would be the most reliable proof of the existence of the fifth force of nature.

The article, published on the Arxiv portal of Cornell University, explains that this subatomic particle "would have a mass of about 17 megaelectronvolts." This is 33 times greater than that of an electron.

Hungarian scientists first suggested in 2016 the existence of the X17 particle, when they experimented with the decomposition of a beryllium-8 atom.

The study affirms that this new experiment threw again the "anomaly" observed three years ago, which follows "scenario of decay of the boson X17".

But they also believe that this particle X17 "could be the link between the visible world and dark matter.

For decades the scientific community has recognized the existence of four fundamental interactions that control the Universe: electromagnetism, gravity, weak nuclear force and strong nuclear.

But now a Hungarian study claims to have observed a fifth force of nature, a fact that could revolutionize our understanding of how the world works.

33 times more mass than an electron

According to the Krasznahorkay team, which published its analysis on the Arxiv site of Cornell University, this unknown particle would have a mass of about 17 megaelectronvolts, which is approximately 33 times more than an electron has, and from there it comes its name.

A possible link between the visible world and dark matter

Krasznahorkay's team believes that this new experiment yielded results similar to the "anomaly" observed when beryllium-8 was analyzed, which seems to follow the "decomposition scenario of boson X17," the study reads.

Hungarian scientists also believe that the particle could be the link between the visible world and dark matter.

If the X17 particle really exists and is not a mistake, as some scientists believe, it could help solve this mystery that has persisted for decades.

"Independent experimental" studies on particle X17 are expected to be carried out in the coming years.

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