Pakistani physicist may have discovered "new form of matter"

Research work carried out by a young Pakistani particle physicist may lead to the discovery of a "new form of matter".

June 21, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Research work carried out by a young Pakistani particle physicist Jamil Aslam and two of his team members may lead to the discovery of a "new form of matter".

Jamil Aslam is a faculty member of the Physics Department at Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), while the other two physicists are working in Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DESY), the biggest German research center for particle physics.

Jamil Aslam and his team members -- Ahmed Ali and Christian Hambrock -- analyzed the data collected by the KEK particle collider in Japan during an experiment known as Belle and claimed the discovery of tetraquark particles that consist of four quarks instead of the usual two (quark-antiquark) and three quark ones.

A quark is an elementary particle and a fundamental constituent of matter. "Though it is not conclusive, however, the analysis made in paper supports the evidence of tetraquarks and if it is proved in Belle experiments, scheduled for later this year, it will introduce a new form of matter," said a member of the team.

Both Dr. Jamil Aslam and Dr. Ahmed Ali are PhDs from the Physics Department of QAU, and are students of prominent Pakistani theoretical physicist and eminent scientist Professor Dr. Riazuddin.

Commenting on the work of his ex-students, Riazuddin remarked that the work is highly significant in its ability to explain certain anomalies in the experiments that could not be explained within the framework of the standard quark theories.

"The tetraquark model if confirmed would imply the existence of exotic states of fundamental particles," he said.

The research work done by the group was published in Physical Review Letters, a well reputed physics journal, and has been selected for special mention in notable journals of science including Institute of Physics (IoP), Physics Today and New Scientist.


ahmed ali | 11 years ago | Reply The only part of this amusing story which is correct is that both Ahmed Ali and Jamil Aslam got their Ph.Ds from QAU, Islamabad, and, formally speaking, both are students of Prof. Riazuddin. Two of the three authors are Germans. The experimental work was done by the Belle collaboration in Japan. Theoretical research was done entirely at DESY, Hamburg. This paper, as well as another related one, were issued as DESY research reports. The work described in these papers is a good part of the doctoral dissertation which Christian Hambrock is writing at the University of hamburg. Jamil Aslam came to DESY as a visitor at the invitation of Ahmed Ali with the funds provided by a development fund situated in Trieste. At the time when Jamil came to work at DESY, he had not yet joined QAU. So, this research has nothing to do with QAU or Pakistan. The glory being claimed is at most a reflected one, as the research was neither conceived in pakistan nor actually carried out. In addition, the QAU story is belated by two months and dozens of earlier reports published in the science-related journals speak against the QAU claim. Sorry:
Mohammed Abbasi | 11 years ago | Reply Great news - encore :)
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