LHC - The atom smasher

LHC stands for "Large Hadron Collider". It is the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. It is a 27-kilometer ring buried deep below the countryside on the outskirts of Geneva, Switzerland.

This huge project is being managed by CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, one of the world’s largest and most respected centers for scientific research.

"LHC" is designed to produce head on collisions between two counter rotating beams of protons or heavy ions. These beams will be made to travel through a vacuum, comparable to outer space. A proton in a beam will make thousands and thousands of turns per second, thus generating about 800 million collisions per second.

The collisions can lead to extraordinary discoveries about the nature of the physical universe and can also shed some light on some of the science's most controversial topics the origins of mass, dark matter,hidden symmetries of the universe and new dimensions of space.

It is estimated that about 12-14 petabytes of data will be generated each year. Thousands of scientists around the world will collaborate, on the analysis of such huge amount of data, through a distributed computing network called the Grid, which will consist of tens of thousands of computers located around the world.

The first collision will take place on September 10, may 2008. There are rumors that the Cern's atom-smasher could create "mini black holes" that will grow exponentially and eat the planet from inside.

Posted by M Hunt on Tuesday, September 09, 2008. Filed under , , . You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Feel free to leave a response

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