CERN LHC Overhead VisualAfter over $9 billion dollars and decades of work and research from a over 10,000 scientists, man’s greatest experiment has finally been set in motion. The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and spent countless man-hours building the largest man-made machine, with a stunning circumference of 17 miles and ranging from a depth of 160 to 600 ft underground. This massive mega-machine has a diameter of over 12 ft, yet all this is to study the smallest particles known to man.

Launch Sequence Initiated

Yesterday, CERN launched the first pre-liminary tests of shooting proton beams around the circumference, but unfortunately no colliding. Those tests will be saved for later on this month when we all find out whether or not the world is going to end. I’m just kidding!!! But other people certainly believe that the end of the world could be caused by this machine. There have been protests around the world yet scientific evidence clearly proves that the event of a micro black hole being created or even an uncontrollable amount of strangelets is highly improbable. Strangelets are a candidate for dark matter, these are bound states of equal up, down, and strange quarks. If enough of these get together to the sense of a few meters across they become a strange star or a quark star, enough of these can turn the entire planet into a goo of strange plasma because when it comes in contact with matter such as our own, it converts it to the properties of itself (although they are theoretical).

So What Is CERN Looking For?

The answers to the most fundamental questions ever asked of course, they want to complete the Standard Model for physics and find a solution to inquiries such as :

  • Is the popular Higgs mechanism for generating elementary particle masses in the Standard Model realised in nature?
  • If so, how many Higgs bosons are there, and what are their masses?
  • Will the more precise measurements of the masses of the quarks continue to be mutually consistent within the Standard Model?
  • Do particles have supersymmetric (“SUSY”) partners?
  • Why are there apparent violations of the symmetry between matter and antimatter?
  • Are there extra dimensions, as predicted by various models inspired by string theory, and can we “see” them?
  • What is the nature of dark matter and dark energy?
  • Why is gravity so many orders of magnitude weaker than the other three fundamental forces?

Over seven thousand scientists from eighty countries will have access to the LHC to study it’s profound effects and try to find the elusive Higgs boson, which if it is proven correct could finally unify various theories and tell us how particles get their mass. Stay tuned for a sequel article within the next month and I’ll tell you how the first particle collisions went and what they have found.

Source : Wikipedia : Large Hadron Collider


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