CERN Teases Larger More Powerful Particle Collider

first_imgStay on target Large Hadron Collider Shut Down For 2-Year Upgrade While the world’s largest, most powerful particle collider remains closed for spring cleaning, scientists are turning their attention to a new toy.The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) on Tuesday published a report examining the design of an even larger, more powerful potential successor: the Future Circular Collider.CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has been a reliable friend to particle physicists since its launch in 2010—providing unprecedented insights into incomprehensibly small particles. (Ever heard of the Higgs boson?)But there’s a huge world of tiny particles just waiting to be discovered.A scientific collaboration this week released a concept design for the Future Circular Collider (FCC), a new experiment that would sit inside a 62-mile tunnel under Geneva.“The FCC conceptual design report is a remarkable accomplishment,” CERN Director General Fabiola Gianotti said in a statement. “It shows the tremendous potential of the FCC to improve our knowledge of fundamental physics and to advance many technologies with a broad impact on society.”Expected to serve the global physics community for 15 to 20 years, the large circular electron-positron collider will likely cost somewhere in the ballpark of €9 billion ($10 billion).The machine could begin operations in the late 2050s, according to CERN.“The FCC timeline foresees starting with an electron-positron machine, just as LEP preceded the LHC,” Frédérick Bordry, CERN director for accelerators and technology, revealed. “This would enable a rich program to benefit the particle physics community throughout the 21st century.”Using high-field superconducting magnets, the FCC proton collider would offer a wide range of new physics opportunities—including deeper insight into the Higgs boson, or “God particle.”Learn more about the Future Circular Collider in this 18-page FAQ.It took CERN 10 years to build the largest machine in the world: The LHC lies some 574 feet beneath the France-Switzerland border near Geneva, where scientists test predictions of particle physics theories.Following its first data-taking period from 2010 to 2013, the accelerator was taken offline and upgraded over two years, restarting again in early 2015 for a second research run.Operators last month turned off the machine again, ending a “very successful” sequence, in which it collected more than 300 million gigabytes of data (about 1,000 years of 24/7 video streaming).Proton beams will resume in spring 2021, with the LHC’s third run.More on Prank CERN With Fake Human SacrificeLarge Hadron Collider Shuts Down, Weasel to BlameChina Set to Build Particle Collider Twice the Circumference of LHClast_img

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