The Large Hadron Collider upgrade (LHC) is underway. Once completed it will lead to the highest energy particle collisions ever attempted, in an effort to solve scientific questions over dark matter! After the LHC upgrade and overhaul is complete it will nearly double its power and allow scientists to uncover more secrets about the way our universe works. It opens up the possibility of solving the riddle of Dark Matter, finding evidence of a far-reaching cosmic concept known as ‘supersymmetry’, and even discovering signs of extra hidden dimensions that help explain the mystery of gravity.
By the end of the year the giant atom-smashing machine should be ready to boost its particle energy from eight trillion electrovolts, or teraelectronvolts (TeV) to 14 TeV – allowing it to perform the highest energy particle collisions ever attempted. (Click pic to enlarge) To date, the LHC has cost approximately £8,462 Bn/ $14 Bn.
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a gigantic scientific instrument near Geneva, where it spans the border between Switzerland and France about 100 m underground. It is a particle accelerator used by physicists to study the smallest known particles – the fundamental building blocks of all things. It has revolutionised our understanding of the minuscule world deep within atoms to the vastness of the Universe. Two beams of subatomic particles called ‘hadrons’ – either protons or lead ions – will travel in opposite directions inside the circular accelerator, gaining energy with every lap. Physicists use the LHC to recreate the conditions just after the Big Bang, by colliding the two beams head-on at very high energy. Teams of physicists from around the world will analyse the particles created in the collisions using special detectors in a number of experiments dedicated to the LHC. :READ MORE HERE: Hadron Collider upgrade will lead to highest energy particle collisions ever attempted!
Personally I have been amazed by the whole project, from the initial build, right up to the first firing. Though it is a subject better explained by ‘rock star turned physicist’ Professor Brian Cox: CERN’s super-collider! (WELL WORTH VIEWING). Initially, I like many millions of others thought the whole project was a senseless waste of time and money, until the realisation of my own ignorance kicked in. It is an extremely cost-effective evolution, which has so far provided many spin off’s that has aided scientific medicinal studies (saving countless lives), and continually aids the Wests military powers (hush-hush missile delivery systems, that can eat a mile-or-so of solid rock before detonating) It continues to provide revolutionary concepts to the motor industry, as well as flight and shipping, etc, etc. All for the price of a pint of beer, per person, per country involved, per year!
Obviously there is a more cost-effective option available, which undercuts the LHC by almost 100% that only I appear to have thought of! Which is probably why I made Marine, and not Professor? ‘The £14.99 / $23.00 Trans-Temporal Sonic Screwdriver, as used by Dr. Who (with eight additional sound effects).