For the pyramid took physics

19.05.2004

19.05.2004


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Mexico's largest particle detector is now built into the pyramid in the ancient village of Teotihuacan. The device will ignore muons resulting from the bombardment of the Earth's atmosphere by cosmic rays. Physicists at the National Autonomous University of hope that with the help of these particles are able to detect cavities in the pyramid. In these cavities could be buried ancient kings.

• There is mounting an X-ray muon

The experiment will be worth half a million dollars. Tunnel passing under the pyramid covered with iron steps leading to a plastic shed in the cavity at the base of the Pyramid of the Sun. Above it are thousands of tons of stone and earth. Currently, the device is more like a large flat metal plate connected to a box with wires and a monitor displaying the galloping yellow line. It is a machine for tracking the muons passing through the solid body, leaving faint traces. When injected into the particle detector will leave a distinctive mark, which will be visible on the screen. The idea is that by variation in their power to detect differences in the density of the pyramid. Moreover, depending on through which materials are particles, their combination and ratio can vary. In this way they hope to find a cavity — potential burial chambers.

Prior to receiving the first results should pass over a year. Teotihuacan, "City of the Gods", kept his secret for more than two millennia. Now the world will have to wait a little longer.

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See also: Found a mammoth (video), artifacts of the ancient world.

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