Large Hadron Collider smashes another record

The world’s biggest particle collider set a new record early Monday, a feat that should accelerate the quest to pinpoint the elusive particle known as the Higgs Boson, a senior physicist said.

“Last night, a symbolic frontier was crossed,” said Michel Spiro, president of the board of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), explaining that the rate of sub-atomic smashups in its vast machine had multiplied 10-fold in the space of a month.

CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is housed in a 27-kilometre (16.9-mile) ring-shaped tunnel 100 metres (325 feet) below ground, straddling the French-Swiss border. It is designed to accelerate beams of protons to nearly the speed of light in contra-rotating directions. Then, using magnets, the beams are then directed into labs where some of the protons collide while others escape. Detectors record the seething sub-atomic debris, hoping to find traces of particles that can strengthen fundamental understanding of physics.

A month ago, the LHC set a record of 10 million collisions per second.

The director general of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Rolf-Dieter Heuer, speaks to journalists in May 2011. CERN runs the world’s biggest particle collider, located on the outskirts of Geneva. It set a new record, a feat that should accelerate the quest to pinpoint the elusive particle known as the Higgs Boson, a senior physicist said.

“This is now 100 million collisions per second,” Spiro said at a conference in Paris on the “infinitely small and the infinitely big.”

Among the puzzles that physicists are seeking to answer is the existence of the Higgs, which has been dubbed “the God particle” for being mysterious yet ubiquitous. If found, it would explain the nature of mass, filling a major piece of the theoretical construct of physics known as the Standard Model.

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2 Responses to Large Hadron Collider smashes another record

  1. gopalaswamy.n.honnavalli says:

    To: Prof.Rolf Dieter Heuer
    I am GopalSwamy .N.Honnavalli, 77 years of age, residing at # 6 / 2, Temple Street; 4th Main road; Vanivilasa Mohalla, MYSORE 570002, Karnataka State, INDIA( Tele: 091 0821 2516062 ).
    I am not a scientist. Still I have keen interest in the experiment at Large Hadron Collider especially in Scientists trying to find the Higgs-boson (Calling it as ‘GOD-PARTICLE) . I am of the firm opinion that this God Particle is the unique and the only one without a second one like it. It is seated at the center of the Universe, 50 billion light-years from our earth, which created and now controlling the entire universe. With all humility may I say that since decades , by astral travel ,not physically but spiritually, between 0300and0400 a. m, some days ,I have been coming in contact with this point of light- GOD particle, me calling It as GOD. I feel it can never be subjected to any experiment on this earth ,for that matter any where on this universe even at its seat. Much before I read Dr. Stephen Hawking’s book “A Brief History of Time” I have been ,in my astral travel, passing through what is called as Black Holes, which after all are not not Black but a region of light and complete vacuum concentrated with cosmic energy. Somehow I come out of these black holes to many other new regions probably what he calls as “wormholes” and travel to the center of the universe to be with that Cosmic Being -what scientist call as “GOD-Particle (Higgs-boson). Communication do take place between us through the language of complete silence. I have recorded some of these in the form of a diary and desire to publish it.
    My earnest request to you ,Sir, is that not to go ahead with the experiment for the next two years ( as reported in the “Daily Mail”) to find this God -particle as it is the Only ONE and seated at the center of the universe to where scientist cannot reach. Even if found it cannot be this God particle but something else which may be called by any name but it cannot be IT. Thus I feel precious time of many scientists and lots of money can be saved. This is only my opinion.
    Let God bless you and your family members , and all your scientist sand their family.
    With kind regards

  2. Deskarati says:

    Well Gopal, what can I say. You’ve got my head spinning like a boson. I think you might have made a fundamental flaw in your logic. You seem to be talking out of your black hole! But still, it was good to hear from. Good luck on your travels.

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