From Richard Ruiz at US/LHC via Quantum Diaries: A Short Course in The LHC
“What is the Large Hadron Collider?
An aerial view of the Geneva region, showing the position of the LHC tunnel (Copyright CERN)
1. It is a machine on the verge of identifying the object responsible for electrons’ massiveness and photons’ masslessness [ATLAS,CMS].
2. It is a science experiment with the goal of replicating, on a sub-nanoscopic scale, the Big Bang in order to search for missing antimatter [LHCb,QD].
3. It is, believe it or not, a machine that may be capable of producing microscopic black holes [ATLAS,CMS].
4.It is an instrument being used to look for a new, higher-energy version of radioactive decay [ATLAS,CMS].
5. It is a tool that, if it is even possible, may be able to split the quark [ATLAS,CMS].
6. It is an instrument that may discover, and help explore, new spatial dimensions [ATLAS,CMS].
7. It is an effort to push computing power to its limits, and beyond!, by generating over 15 million gigabytes (15 petabytes) a year and distributing it all over the world [CERN]!
8. It is a science experiment attempting to generate the same substance (dark matter) that makes up 25% of the known Universe and is likely passing through our bodies at this very moment, but has yet to be experimentally detected [CMS].
9.It is a machine testing for the existence of a fundamental relationship between matter (quarks and leptons) and those particles that mediate all known forces of nature (gauge bosons). [ATLAS,CMS,LHCb]
10.It is a cleverly designed experiment to determine at what point the predictions of our current theory of particle physics, the Standard Model, deviates from experimental results.[ATLAS, CMS, QD]
11.As a bonus: It is a demonstration of the human race’s inherent nature to work together, and evidence that we have much more in common than what we may believe [CERN, SESAME].”
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