July 3, 1998
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
In 3-D computer movies created by researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, objects called "semilocal strings" condense out of interacting quantum fields to form writhing tubes of energy. Some link with other tubes in space-spanning filaments. Some join head to tail and devour themselves, ultimately popping out of existence. These images, redolent of alchemy but firmly grounded in theoretical physics, may provide insight into the past and present structure of our universe.
BERKELEY, Calif.--The power of supercomputers at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) has enabled Julian Borrill of the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to model, in striking detail, a possible state of the universe only a hundred billionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second (10-35 second) after the Big Bang.
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