Kiwi breakthrough could help us better understand universe | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Kiwi breakthrough could help us better understand universe

A Kiwi physics experiment has managed to do what decades of international research hasn't - and its findings could help us better understand our universe.

At the core of the breakthrough was the theory called the standard model of particle physics, which helped us understand the fundamental forces holding everything in the universe in place.

While considered the most accurate scientific theory known to humankind, scientists still knew the model couldn't fully explain some cosmological mysteries - notably dark matter and dark energy.

For that reason, scientists were constantly testing the model by manipulating and controlling matter at the atomic level, and looking for effects that could not be explained by the model directly.

Dr Maarten Hoogerland, of the University of Auckland and the Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies, chose to focus on the helium atom - the second most simple atom after hydrogen.

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