No. 93

February 2014

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Bai Chunli Meets Mateo Budinich, CONICYT Director

Bai Chunli, President of the CAS, met with Mateo Budinich, Director of the Chilean National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT)  on Dec. 2, 2013. Both sides held an in-depth discussion on further enhancement of bilateral collaboration in the fields of astronomy and other future areas as well as joint training of personnel. Bai reaffirmed that the South America Center for Astronomy  (SACA) was the first joint research institution overseas ever set up by CAS and its establishment marked as a significant milestone in the bilateral cooperation in astronomy. He hoped that CONICYT would play a role in facilitating the bilateral relationship between SACA and Chilean universities as well as international astronomical institutions. He again confirmed his support for the symposium of bilateral cooperation in astronomy scheduled in China next year. Budinich highly commented the achievements accomplished so far by scientists from both sides. He said that the joint funding would be made available for scientists¡¯ collaborative research and bilateral symposium in astronomy. CAS and CONICYT would consider astronomy as a starting point for further cooperation in new energy, biotechnology, polar science and other areas of mutual interest, contributing to the enhancement of S&T cooperation and overall partnership between the two countries.

Top of Highlights: BESIII Observation of Four-Quark Matter

On Dec. 30, 2013, Physics Magazine of the American Physical Society announced the top eleven highlights of the Year 2013 to the public. The observation of Four-quark matter, Zc (3900), the scientific achievement of the BESIII Collaboration was selected as top of this year¡¯s highlights. It is written in the magazine that ¡°Quarks come in twos and threes¡ªor so nearly every experiment has told us. This summer, the BESIII Collaboration in China and the Belle Collaboration in Japan reported they had sorted through the debris of high-energy electron-positron collisions and seen a mysterious particle that appeared to contain four quarks. Though other explanations for the nature of the particle, dubbed, are possible, the ¡°tetraquark¡± interpretation may be gaining traction: BESIII has since seen a series of other particles that appear to contain four quarks¡±. In the spring of 2013, the BESIII Collaboration reported the appearance of an electrically-charged particle, called the "Zc (3900)". A partner to the Zc (3900), the "Zc (4020)", was discovered in November using a method very similar to that used in the discovery of the Zc (3900). Another clue into the nature of all of these states came with the additional discovery of what appears to be the Y (4260) decaying to a photon and another particle called the "X (3872). "All the papers were published in Physical Review Letters. The year 2013 has so far been an exciting one for the BESIII experiment. Using decays of the Y (4260), a family of four-quark objects has begun to appear. While the theoretical picture remains to be finalized, more and more clues are suggesting that we are witnessing new forms of matter. Moreover, while a new ¡®zoo¡¯ of mysterious particles is emerging, it seems a new classification system may soon be at hand to understand it. The Physics editors made the list of the highlights of the year by taking a combination of factors into consideration, which includes the popularity on the website, a clear element of surprise or discovery, or signs that the work could lead to better technology.

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