Large Hadron Collider


The Six Billion Dollar Experiment

The Large Hadron Collider promises to recreate the conditions right after the Big Bang. By revisiting the beginning of time, scientists hope to unravel some of the deepest secrets of our Universe.

Within these first few moments the building blocks of the Universe were created. The search for these fundamental particles has occupied scientists for decades but there remains one particle that has stubbornly refused to appear in any experiment. The Higgs Boson is so crucial to our understanding of the Universe that it has been dubbed the God particle. It explains how fundamental particles acquire mass, or as one scientist plainly states: "It is what makes stuff stuff..."

  • 20-year work-in-progress
  • A team of 7,000 physicists from more than 80 nations
  • 27 kilometers in circumference, 175 meters underground
  • facilitating head-on collision of protons, traveling very near the speed-of-light
  • each tunnel is big enough to run a train through it.
  • temperatures generated: more than 1000,000 times hotter than the sun's core
  • superconducting magnets are cooled to a temperature colder than in deep space

Large Hadron Collider - The Search For The Higgs


  • Jim Purdy

    I've Got Einstein on my Mind
    by Jim Purdy

    Listen to me one and all, Oh dear,
    For bad news I bring, The End is Near.

    In the UK, the Daily Mail tried to clue us in,
    That those mad scientists are going to do us in.

    Yes indeed, they have published a news article
    Warning us of a runaway sub-atomic particle.

    The Large Hadron Collider is to blame,
    And our universe will soon end in flame.

    Oh man, the fireworks will be spectacular,
    It'll be so big, I won't need my binocular.

    As the end nears, some may grieve and mourn,
    But I'll enjoy the show, just eating my popcorn.

    Someday I'll entertain grandkids with the story I'll tell,
    Oh. Wait. I guess I won't have any grandkids, oh well.

    In college, we laughed at those physics dorks,
    Always talking about their tachyons and quarks.

    Yes, soon the world will be gone, we'll be no more,
    Thanks to guys named Fermi, Heisenberg and Bohr.

    So, as I await the end of all mankind,
    I've got Albert Einstein on my mind.

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