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CERN Cranks Up Large Hadron Collider To Record High Energies

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After four months of downtime for maintenance and modifications, the Large Hadron Collider, CERN’s newest and the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, set a record for the highest-energy collision of protons, 8 TeV. Two proton beams each at 4 TeV were accelerated to near light speed and collided, generating a shower of particles and consequently data that will take a lot of computing to evaluate. The LHC’s highest projected collision energy, 7 TeV per beam, will be reached in increments over the coming year. The LHC is thought to be the first instrument capable of producing the Higgs boson, the one remaining particle in the Standard Model of particle physics that is not known to have been observed. (Forgive the awkward sentence construction, but that is exactly the way things stand.) The Higgs particle is significant not just for completeness, but because it is thought to be the particle that gives all…

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  1. April 14, 2012 at 5:53 pm

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