The biggest Physics Experiment ever…

Three decades after it was conceived, the world’s most powerful physics experiment has begun.

Engineers and Physicists at CERN ( Organisation Européenne pour la Recherche Nucléaire ) will attempt to circulate a beam of particles (Hadrons) preferably Protons or Lead ions around the 27km-long underground tunnel which houses the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

The £5bn machine is designed to smash particles together with cataclysmic force, revealing signs of new physics in the wreckage.

This will re-create conditions in the Universe moments after the Big Bang.

The vast circular tunnel – the “ring” – which runs under the French-Swiss border contains more than 1,000 cylindrical magnets arranged end-to-end.

The magnets are there to steer the beam – made up of particles called protons – around this 27km-long ring.

Eventually, two proton beams will be steered in opposite directions around the LHC at close to the speed of light, completing about 11,000 laps each second.

At allotted points around the tunnel, the beams will cross paths, smashing together near four massive “detectors” that monitor the collisions for interesting events.

Scientists from all over the world are hoping that new sub-atomic particles will emerge, revealing fundamental insights into the nature of the cosmos.A number of them are hoping to see the recreation of a very small scale Big Bang though all the rumours of creating microscopic black holes were cleared by CERN. The entire thing is going to happen under very controlled environment.

Let’s witness a new era in particle Physics… Cheers for CERN. 🙂


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