Another Run By The LHC: Possible Leap Towards A Greater Horizon For Physics
The atom-smasher or the particle accelerator is a technology that is not unheard of. Especially after the super-hero series, “the flash”, the particle accelerator and how it operates is something almost all flash season followers would understand. And for the rest, this article will shed some light on this concept.
It’s time to take physics to the next level
After spending a long winter in hibernation, the world’s most powerful atom-smasher is once again fully operational. This particle collider is a 17-mile long and known as Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is situated near Geneva in Switzerland. Atom-smashers use electromagnetic waves to create high speed sub-atomic particles. These particles are then used to study a variety of subjects including the study of origins of universe to various medical and industrial applications.
Physicists, with the help of LHC, wish to discover how we ended up with the universe following the Big Bang. They also wish to discover and study the composition of the dark matter. The dark matter is a hypothetical term for a substance that scientists believe contributes to more than a quarter of the composition of the universe.
Discovering a new particle
The LHC hit headlines in 2012 when two of its detectors announced that they had discovered the “Higgs Boson”. Higgs Boson is one the 17 particles in the Standard Model of Physics. The presence of this particle explains why particles have mass. Physicists will continue using this machine to investigate Higgs further. The use of the particle accelerator is supposed to help them discover the unknown and help dig deeper into the known. They are currently trying to investigate further into the hints received in 2015 of the presence of what might be a new particle. This major discovery may actually be a new bump in modern physics and may change the dynamics of physics altogether.
The LHC latest operation is expected to run for 6 months. This operation is expected to operate around 2 quadrillion high quality protons or a billion proton collisions per second. This is six times more than the collisions in 2015. The LHC is operating at more energy than before and physicists are positive that this high energy will help them discover an entirely new horizon in physics. They have their fingers crossed for the discovery of new heavier particles.
According to Denise Caldwell, the director of Physics division of the National Science Foundation, the standard model of physics may explain matter but there is something more that exists way beyond this model. She, like other physicists is hoping that this next LHC run will uncover more data on the laws of physics of this universe. Please let us know what your thoughts about this are, in the comments below.