Muons, the particles that contradict the laws of physics

Country/area: Spain

Organisation: La Vanguardia

Organisation size: Big

Publication date: 27/05/2021

Credit: Leyre Flamarique, Pablo González y Mario Chaparro.


Leyre Flamarique: Science Journalist

Pablo González Pellicer: Visual journalist

Mario Chaparro: Visual journalist

Project description:

An experiment carried out with muons observed how they did not behave as theorized after being accelerated at high speed. Behind the find is the Fermilab laboratory in the United States. This discovery would challenge the Standard Model, the theory that describes elementary particles and their interactions.

Impact reached:

The piece tried to delve into the discovery announced a few weeks earlier and looked for a way to visualize this finding of particle physics.

Techniques/technologies used:

In this piece, 3D modeling of the muons and their animation in different sequences were used to later edit the piece in after effects and detail each of its constituent parts.

What was the hardest part of this project?

The most complex part was to illustrate the muons with scientific rigor, for this we resorted to the graphic style manual that CERN has developed to try to visualize the different particles that are part of particle physics.

What can others learn from this project?

It is one more way of visualizing abstract objects and concepts that in a textual way would be more complex to capture.

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