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A hypothetical meson consisting of a bundle of gluons and containing no valence quarks.

[glue (because gluons mediate the strong interaction that binds quarks together) + ball.]


a hypothetical composite subatomic particle
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QCD experts have predicted the existence of glueballs [22].
Topics of the two summary talks include heavy quark hadrons and theory, and glueballs, hybrids, baryons and pentaquarks.
By 1995, two further years of calculations had established both the mass and the decay rate of an elusive subfamily of hadrons, called glueballs, which had gone unrecognized in preceding laboratory experiments.
The result suggests that glueballs may be observed in particle accelerators when electrons or protons and their antimatter counterparts collide at high energies.
The second set contains the search for a monopole by means of its direct interaction with charge, glueballs, pentaquarks, nuggets of Strange Quark Matter (SQM) and the Higgs boson.
One way of creating this r potential was found by making a new force nature that requires the QCD "equivalent of the photon", the gluon, to not only mediate the force as does the photon, but also participates in it (requires glueballs to exist).