Above, this image shows the Large Haldron Collider.
The discovery, reported in Nature, explains that’s about eight to ten times more powerful than one of the nuclear fusion in hydrogen bombs.
The largest hydrogen fusion bomb ever build, the Russian Tsar Bomba, gave about 50 million tons (50 megatons) of TNT worth of energy.
Quarks are tiny particles, usually clinging together to make up the neutrons and protons inside atoms. They come in six versions or “flavors”: up, down, top, bottom, strange and charm.
Marek Karliner, quark fusion co-researcher at Tel Aviv University, said:
“I must admit that when I first realized that such a reaction was possible, I was scared, but, luckily, it is a one-trick pony.
If I thought for a microsecond that this had any military applications, I would not have published it.”