Daily Archives: February 11th, 2008

The Large Hadron Collider and Time Travel

This coming May in the European Union (Switzerland specifically) a huge circular particle accelerator will come on line. It will be the largest accelerator in existence and it has the potential to smash particles way past the current quarks, muons, gluons, leptons and any other kind of “-tons” a person can think of. One such possible particle that hasn’t been discovered yet is the elusive “Higgs Boson”, the Holy Grail of quantum physics and dubbed one of the prime particles of the Big Bang and could possibly explain how fast our Universe is expanding (disclaimer: I’m not a physicist, so don’t hate on me too much).

But the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) could do possibly more than discover the Higgs boson according to some Russian mathemeticians, chrononauts (time travellers) from the future could latch onto some “micro-wormholes” and use them to travel back in time:

…when the Large Hadron Collider comes online, but while most are hoping for data and praying for the bashful Higgs boson to finally show it’s tiny little face, some Russian mathematicians are warning that we might get more than we bargained for.  Specifically, time-travellers: futurenauts using our ultra-duper atomsmasher to punch a hole in causality and hop back from the future.

The idea dates back to Einstein’s explanation that spacetime can be deformed by large energies or masses.  Since the Large Hadron Collider is a twenty-six kilometer ring of superconducting magnets designed to do nothing but give a particle as large an energy as possible, that sounds like it could be an issue.  Small deformations in spacetime (like Earth) give us the force of gravity, severe deformations give the cosmological trash compacting black holes, and an extreme case could cause a wormhole – a link between two points as spacetime folds over to touch itself…

Wormholes are another Holy Grail of sorts, not only would they make some kind of time travel possible (assuming one could control the singularity), and they might make interstellar travel possible. But the problem I stated above (you have to expand the mouth of the wormhole) would restrict their use to either message sending, or use of nano-probes only.

But we could all be wrong and the LHC would produce no Higgs boson, nor micro-wormholes. It just might find a better way to atomize dirt out of your clothes instead!

All theories are just best guesses until they’re proven and repeated. When the LHC starts up in May, we may all be surprised one way or another!

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Higgs boson

Large Hadron Collider