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In a series of upcoming experiments scientists in Tennessee will test for the existence of 'mirror matter' that could make up an unseen parallel world.
At Oak Ride National Laboratory -- which houses America's most powerful supercomputers -- physicist Leah Broussard will run what she described to NBC as a 'pretty straightforward' test to assess a gap in the standard models of physics.
Test - Use - Neutron - Beam - Particles
That reportedly simple test will employ the use a neutron beam to shoot particles at an impenetrable wall.
If the particles are observed on the other side of the impassable barrier, researchers say it could be evidence of mirror matter living in the background of our observable world.
NBC - Existence - Mirror - World - Scientists
As noted by NBC, the existence of a mirror world started to be more seriously tested in the 1990s when scientists observed an unexplained phenomenon involving the radioactive decay of neutrons into protons.
Researchers noted that neutrons, which eventually breakdown into protons, that were created in particle beams lasted on average 14 minutes and 48 seconds, while those collected in lab bottles took 10 seconds less.
Models - Physics - Particles - Period
Under current models of physics those particles should have exactly the same decay period.
To account for that discrepancy, Russian scientists Anatoli Serebrov of Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute in Russia posited that neutrons created in a beam can cross over into a mirror world, seemingly disappearing and skewing researchers results.
Test - Theory
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