Large Hadron Collider Will Soon Reboot, Scientists Are Excited
World’s most powerful particle collider was shut down 2 years ago due to necessary maintenance. The last time this machine was operated, scientists were able to discover the Higgs Boson. Who knows what they can find this time around.
Large Hadron Collider or LHC for short, is underground in a 17 mile tunnel between France and Switzerland. The facility was operational back in 2008, however, just nine days after the first round of experiments something happened at the facility.
Due to a problematic electrical connection, two of the magnets in LHC stopped superconducting. This caused major damage to the machine but all was fixed after six months of repairs and testing. But LHC wasn’t operating at full capacity after the incident.
In 2012, scientists discovered Higgs Boson which is believed to have given mass and form to everything in our universe. No doubt this was the biggest find of the decade or perhaps of all time. That’s huge for a machine running below par, imagine what can be done at full.
“While we are just getting ready to restart the LHC, it is admirable to notice the precision already achieved by the two experiments and the compatibility of their results. This is very promising for LHC Run 2,” says CERN Director of Research Sergio Bertolucci.
After the machine was shut-down in 2013, scientists worked on making it even more powerful. LHC has 10,000 magnets and upgraded superconducting interconnections. Each magnet was inspected individually during the maintenance period.
LHC is just a couple of days away from going live again on March 25th and scientists are hoping to make even bigger discoveries in supersymmetry and particle physics.
“Physicists expect to increase even more the precision of the Higgs Boson mass and explore in more detail the particle’s properties,” said the European Organization for Nuclear Research, the organization behind this machine.
Scientists also hope to know more about dark matter by using LHC. I think it’s safe to say that the next few years will be very promising for this field.