Daily Archives: September 10th, 2008

Large Hadron Collider is now operational

At 8:30 am BST ( British Summer Time ) the LHC, or Large Hadron Collider was switched on for the first time 300 feet below the France – Switzerland border near Geneva.

The first stream of sub-atomic particles have successfully completed the first circuit clockwise, and a second stream has been sent counter-clockwise:

Scientists working on the most powerful particle accelerator ever built have successfully sent subatomic particles on one circuit of the Large Hadron Collider and are now preparing to send them on a second circuit, in the opposite direction.

The first test, at 9.30 am local time (8.30 am British Summer Time), 300 feet below the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, fired a beam of protons all the way around a 17-mile tunnel.

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Eventually two beams will be fired in opposite directions with the aim of recreating conditions a split second after the big bang, which scientists theorize was the massive explosion that created the universe.

The £5 billion machine has been described as a racetrack around which two streams of protons – building blocks of matter – run in opposite directions before smashing into one another.

Reaching 99.99 per cent of the speed of light, each beam will pack as much energy as a Eurostar train travelling at 90 mph.

The reason the energy release is going to be tremendous is due to a corollary of Einstein’s E = mc^2 which is as mass increases as it approaches light-speed, it’s potential energy also increases. Thus when particles of the building blocks of matter collide, gigantic kinetic energy is released.

The energy discharges from collisions in the LHC are going to be so great, the possibilty of find even more minute sub-atomic particles is likely, thus the rumor of “the end of creation” micro-blackholes swallowing everything up.

But that isn’t going to happen for a while, the techs are still in the fine-tuning stage, so the first colliding streams won’t be initiated for 30 days yet.

Bring it on I say!

Large Hadron Collider operational

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