The discovery of the gluon

John Ellis*

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Soon after the postulation of quarks, it was suggested that they interact via gluons, but direct experimental evidence was lacking for over a decade. In 1976, Mary Gaillard, Graham Ross and the author suggested searching for the gluon via 3-jet events due to gluon bremsstrahlung in e+e- collisions. Following our suggestion, the gluon was discovered at DESY in 1979 by TASSO and the other experiments at the PETRA collider.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication50 Years of Quarks
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9789814618113
ISBN (Print)9789814618090
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


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