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Message 47163 - Posted: 19 Aug 2022, 15:57:05 UTC

The proton, a particle found at the heart of every atom, appears to have a more complicated structure than is traditionally given in textbooks. The find could have ramifications for sensitive particle physics experiments like the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2334076-physicists-surprised-to-discover-the-proton-contains-a-charm-quark/

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Message 47228 - Posted: 6 Sep 2022, 2:44:43 UTC - in response to Message 47163.  

The article speaks of a possible charm-anticharm pair inside a proton. I suspect that would likely be a virtual pair, but I'm "only" a cosmologist, so I'm just guessing.
Another possibility, though I think probably far less likely, is up-charm quark oscillation, similar to neutrino oscillation in electro-weak. Maybe... though again, what do I know?

Either way, however, this result, if verified, will certainly mark the dawn of a very exciting new era in elementary particle theory. Oh, how I wish I was 50 years younger!!
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