The world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, which has granted scientists a look at the beginnings of our universe, was just granted a new beginning. Continue reading
After two years of upgrades and repairs, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland fires up again this month. This time it’s moving at twice the energy, looking for dark matter and exotic new particles.
Theoretical physicist David Kaplan spent seven years filming the hunt for the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. “Particle Fever” captures the sheer excitement the moments before the collider first turned on and the distress in the control room when a helium leak brought research to a temporary stop. Theoretical physicists feared they would never see proof that this particle, the lynchpin of the standard model of particle physics, existed. Continue reading
Disappointed scientists learned this week that the Large Hadron Collider — the most powerful particle collider ever built — will be shut down until next spring after an electrical glitch sparked a helium leak in the machine’s 17 miles of tunnels. Continue reading
Scientists fired a beam of protons around a 17-mile, multi-billion dollar track today — a successful first run for the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. Continue reading