Upgraded European Large Hadron Collider Set To Restart In March

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The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) shut down in Large Hadron Collider back in February of 2013 for an overhaul and upgrade. CERN announced earlier this week that the LHC was on track for a restart in March 2015.

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More on the LHC

The LHC. located just outside of Geneva, Switzerland, is the biggest particle collider in the world. The device played a key part in the discovery of the long-elusive Higgs boson, also known as the God particle.

Nuclear physicists have their fingers crossed that the mega-atom smasher will make more important discoveries and help solve the big mysteries of the universe once it restarts in a few months after a two-year, $150 mil plus upgrade.

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Details on the Large Hadron Collider upgrade

After the upgrade, the two proton beams of the LHC will have energy comparable to the detonation of 154 tons of TNT.

Gabriella Sciolla, an experimental particle physicist working on the ATLAS experiment at the LHC, noted that doubling the energy will have a big impact in the search for new particles because the higher the energy, the heavier particles you can produce.

Researchers say theadditional power could permit them to investigate other theoretical entities such as dark matter, one of the biggest mysteries of modern astrophysics. The new and improved LHC could discover the particles that make up dark matter, which is believed to constitute 84% of all matter in the universe.

Andrew Lankford, another researcher on the ATLAS experiment, pointed out that larger energies at the LHC means researchers can increase the range of masses of suspected dark matter particles that can be examined.

Physicists highlight that the upgraded collider could also help confirm the existence of other fundamental particles as well as create microscopic black holes. For example, the LHC could help discover the Z-prime or Z’ boson, a theoretical particle associated with weak nuclear force.

The Large Hadron Collider could also discover other types of Higgs bosons with different masses and charges. Learning about interactions between Higgs boson and other particles is likely to help to understand the nature of dark matter.

“There could be very, very rare interactions between Higgs and dark matter particles that could shed light on what dark matter is,” Lankford explained. “Higgs could be a portal into the dark sector.”

CERN’s statement also noted that the upgraded LHC is currently scheduling its first collisions for May.

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  1. Garbage exploration… More than that, worthless claims of the discovery of the Higgs Particle which is in question until now. A much powerful LHC is a danger more than just finding if Mr. Higgs is correct in his theories of the origin of the Big Bang… As we have heard CERN clearly says that Higgs Physics fails to live with today’s existence of the universe as it says the universe must have collapsed after the big bang, and says there must be a new type of physics that we humans has never seen or have known before, a full of crap particle exploration to me. Even Einstein pointing the particle exploration is a dead end, a losing end for anyone who wishes to pursue the search for particles besides Atom’s sub-particle. Higgs Particle is a scum and this particle exploration is a waste of money, make no mistake and wait 5 years till you figure things out.

  2. This might interfere with earth’s magnetic fields that protect us from solar and cosmic radiation. Is it worth the risk? They already found the God particle. Now they are looking for “dark” matter. I hope this doesn’t destroy us. Maybe that’s what they want. Is that why they have a statue of Shiva “the Destroyer” at CERN?

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