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 Large Hadron Collider
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Our understanding of the Universe is about to change...

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 will revolutionise our understanding, from the
minuscule world deep within atoms to the vastness of the

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. Physi-
cists will 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 anal-
yse the particles created in the collisions using special detec-
tors in a number of experiments dedicated to the LHC.

There are many theories as to what will result from these col-
lisions, but what's for sure is that a brave new world of physics
will emerge from the new accelerator, as knowledge in particle
physics goes on to describe the workings of the Universe.


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September 10, 2008

First Beam For Large Hadron Collider,
World's Mightiest Particle Accelerator
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ScienceDaily (Sep. 10, 2008) - An international collaboration
of scientists today sent the first beam of protons zooming at
nearly the speed of light around the 17-mile-long underground
circular path of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's
most powerful particle accelerator, located at the CERN lab-
oratory near Geneva, Switzerland.

The scientists also accelerated a second beam of protons
through the path in the opposite direction, the goal being
head-on collisions of protons that can offer clues to the
origin of mass and new forces and particles in the universe.
The second beam made one turn around the LHC.

... the LHC's Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment,
a large particle-capturing detector whose discoveries are
expected to help answer questions such as: Are there
undiscovered principles of nature? What is the origin of
mass? Do extra dimensions exist? What is dark matter?
How can we solve the mystery of dark energy? And how
did the universe come to be?

"After many years of preparation, particle physics is taking
a huge step towards understanding whether our theories
about the origin of mass are correct and whether there is
new physics that can explain dark matter and help us under-
stand dark energy and the origin of the universe" ...


"We are now on the verge of making hopefully many dis-
coveries over the next years in our understanding of particle
physics and how the universe works. For the first time in a
long time, we will be breaking new ground. We may discover
the Higgs boson; we may discover supersymmetry. We may
discover completely new and unexpected phenomena, which
would be by far the most exciting prospect."


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