Large Hadron Collider

I learnt about CERN the first time while reading Angels and Daemons, where in Antimatter generated would be used against the vatican (to which CERN issued this interesting read)

The other reference to CERN was when the making of Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was in the news. As what the site describes itself

This site introduces the most exciting scientific adventure of the next decade and is for anyone interested in how we might answer some of the fundamental questions we have about the Universe we live in.

Some questions that the LHC intends to answer are

  • How did our universe come to be the way it is?
  • What kind of Universe do we live in?
  • What happened in the Big Bang?
  • Where is the antimatter?
  • Why do particles have mass?
  • What is our Universe made of?

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 Universe.

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. Physicists 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 analyse the particles created in the collisions using special detectors in a number of experiments dedicated to the LHC.

With a budget of 9 billion US dollars (approx. €6300M or £5600M as of Jan 2010), the LHC is the most expensive scientific experiment in human history. The total cost of the project is expected to be of the order of 4.6 billion Swiss francs (approx. $4.4 bn, €3.1 bn, or £2.8 bn as of Jan 2010) for the accelerator and 1.16 billion francs (approx. $1.1 bn, €0.8 bn, or £0.7 bn as of Jan 2010) for the CERN contribution to the experiments.

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Another attempt? Well yes. Attempting to figure out another sustainable model (there are some other attempts going on parallel-ly). Well, we have a lot of questions in mind. we read up stuff, we do some research to find answers to these questions. This is an attempt to publish that little 15-20 minute research.

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