Hadron Collider: Understanding the Universe
Any experiment is always beset with apprehensions, misconceptions and a phobia bordering on maniac desertion of change…a scientific xenophobia. So is the case of Big Bang experiment.
Sometime last year, the folks around the world thought that the CERN experiment would go wrong. But, as usual all of them proved wrong.
Yesterday, scientists switched on the world’s largest atom smashed the Large Hadron Collider for the first time since it was heavily damaged by a simple electrical fault last year.
Circulation of the beams was a significant leap forward. The European Organization for Nuclear Research has taken the restart of the collider step by step to avoid further setbacks as it moves toward new scientific experiments regarding the makeup of matter and the universe.
Progress on restarting the machine, on the border between Switzerland and France, went faster than expected Friday evening and the first beam circulated in a clockwise direction around the machine about 10 p.m..
The exact time of the start of the Large Hadron Collider was not predicted because it was based on how long it took to perform steps along the way. About two hours later the scientists circulated another beam in the opposite direction, which was the initial goal in getting the machine going again and moving it toward collisions of protons. This will allow the collisions between protons on the machine to give insights into dark matter and what gives mass to other particles, and to show what matter was in the microseconds of rapid cooling after the Big Bang that many scientists theorize marked the creation of the universe billions of years ago.
The LHC operates at nearly absolute zero temperature, colder than outer space, which allows the superconducting magnets to guide the protons most efficiently.
This study will give the experiments their first collision data, enabling the scientists to calibrate their equipment for the scientific work ahead, eagerly awaited by particle physicists from countries around the world.