One hundred meters or almost 328 ft underground, there lies a tunnel. The largest and the one of the most powerful machines ever to have been built by man, the Large Hadron Collider(LHC) is a 27km ( 17 miles) long circular tunnel in Europe, crossing the border between France and Switzerland at 4 points, but most of it within France.
It was built by CERN or the European Organization for Nuclear Research. Sounds familiar? That’s right; Dan Brown based his bestseller ‘Angels and Demons’ on a controversy heavily involving the production of antimatter (geek alert!) and the faiths of the Christian church.
- In 2009, LHC successfully performed 284 collisions in the ALICE detector which yielded new data about proton-proton collisions.
- In 2011, LHC successfully created the quark-gluon plasma (the densest matter besides black holes). It’s a big deal guys, coz black holes are scary!
But the main purpose is much more exciting. It involves the infamous Higg’s Boson Particle, also dubbed as the ‘God’s Particle’. What’s the big hullabaloo over this? It is supposed to give mass to all other particles, thereby proving to be the reason for all existence. Now, it’s hypothetical and there has been a 40 year long search for this elusive little guy since detecting Higgs Boson is very very hard.
So, what do you think of the Large Hadron Collider? Do you think it has exciting prospects? Or should we stop spending so much money and give up the quest to unlock the mysteries of the universe? Let me know your thoughts, opinions and suggestions in the comment boxes below!