They had the money; they had the technology. They’ve made it better, faster, and stronger than ever.
It’s been seven years since the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was first activated at Cern and two years since its last run, but it’s up again and ready for another paradigm altering breakthrough.
The initial successes of the LHC were mind-boggling: the discovery of new particles, the confirmation of standard theories, and the discovery of the Higgs’ boson (a ‘universe changer’ in the world of physics). After so much success, it’s natural to wonder what the LHC is up to now? CERN has revamped the LHC and increased the power of its collisions to about double the original. It can now generate 13 teraelectronvolts: the same amount of energy a grown mosquito generates when flying (according to the LHC glossary website).
At this point, you’re probably saying to yourself: ‘isn’t that kind of low? I was actually hoping for like black hole creation type of energy… you know that type of stuff that might end the universe? That’s kind of disappointing.’ What you need to account for, is that it’s the same amount of energy localized in an area a trillion times smaller!
Such high speeds are achieved by keeping two tubes ( in which two particle beams are accelerated) at an ultrahigh vacuum before collision. The particle beams are guided in the accelerator by superconducting electromagnets that are kept at almost absolute zero — a breezy -271.3 ͒C (1.85 K). The system maintains these low temperature through the use of liquid helium, among other things. A separate magnet then pushes the particles into colliding trajectories. To quote the CERN website on the matter, “The particles are so tiny that the task of making them collide is akin to firing two needles 10 kilometres apart with such precision that they meet halfway.” In short, it’s an astounding feat.
Why does all of that matter? Because that is more than enough energy to verify the current multi-verse theory! Not quite a parallel universe where you’re rich and famous, but almost as exciting. It is currently theorized that gravity can “leak” through dimensions, and at long last, a high enough power level of collisions has been achieved to potentially detect this leakage. In essence, gravity would flow out of the universe as we know it and into extra dimensions which would be detected by the presence of miniature black holes. Current theories estimate the the energy necessary for the collisions to hopefully be able to produce miniature black holes in six dimensions is 9.5 teraelectronvolts, and 11.9 teraelectronvolts for 10 dimensions! This would explain why these minute black holes have never been observed before — the LHC was not capable of reaching these levels until this year. If the existence of these miniature black holes is proven, it would revolutionize physics, philosophy, and the current understanding of the universe as we know it. If nothing else, it might make for a neat garbage disposal system.
The LHC (now termed the LHCb after this redesign), was activated in early April this year and preliminary data will be reported soon. Data isn’t reported immediately as it is received from detectors because it has to be processed and analyzed first. While this might be a time-consuming process, the possibilities of what conclusions may be realized are enough to keep this writer on the edge of his seat!
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