Hadron Collider breakthrough as beams collide

Posted: March 30, 2010 in Uncategorized
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CNN Tech online
March 30, 2010 7:42 a.m. EDT

(CNN) — Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider managed to make two proton beams collide at high energy Tuesday, marking a “new territory” in physics, according to CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research…

Evidence of supersymmetry — the idea that every particle has a “super partner” with similar properties in a quantum dimension (according to some physics theories, there are hidden dimensions in the universe) — could crop up as early as 2010.

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The Great Beyond
(The NATURE blog that rounds up science news from around the world)

Collisions at LHC! – March 30, 2010

Today, after over fifteen years of planning, construction, delays and drama, the Large Hadron Collider began doing what it was built to do: colliding particles.

Just before 13:00 Geneva time, physicists guided two beams of protons moving at 3.5 TeV into collision points around the machine’s 27 km ring. Moments later, cheers erupted from the control rooms of the machine’s four main experiments, as shrapnel from the collisions flooded into the detectors…

If the LHC works, it could verify current theories of particle physics, most notably the Higgs mechanism, which endows all matter with mass. It could also discover new physics beyond the current “standard model”, and explain some current mysteries in physics like “dark matter”, a mysterious form of matter that makes up around 85% of all matter in the universe. If it doesn’t see anything new, thousands of high-energy physicists will have to find a new line of work…

Now that the LHC is finally working, physicists will once again press forward in their search for new particles and new physics beyond anything that’s seen today.

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