The LHC: collide with the speed of light




The LHC: collide with the speed of light

Some call it billion project is the largest experiment in the world, while others find it a waste of money. The Large Hadron Collider is perhaps the best known and least understood simultaneously project of recent years. So could be that would destroy the earth there are black holes created would be sought God-particles and a piece of bread, the LHC have to stop.

Yet the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2013 awarded to the discoverers of the Higgs boson, a shared honor for the Belgian François Englert and Briton Peter Higgs. The award of the prize was made possible by the LHC: the data of this huge experiment confirmed the existence of the Higgs particle and thus the theory of physicists.

As is known, the Large Hadron Collider built underground and it is largely in Switzerland, near Geneva. The complex, with the particle accelerator, detectors and all associated electronics, computers and infrastructure, managed by CERN, or the European Organization for Nuclear Research. CERN is an international partnership of twenty European countries and has thousands of employees.

What exactly happens in this grand experiment? A particle accelerator late, as the name implies, particles move with great speed. And then? In this background paper we discuss the main characteristics of the Large Hadron Collider, LHC short. We not only show the how but also the why are reviewed. The ‘atom smasher’ running for several years and also delivers huge amounts of data. There have already been major discoveries distilled, we also let pass by. Lastly, always, the even bigger, what are the future plans for the LHC and other particle accelerators?



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