Big atom-smasher search to uncover 95% of the universe’s missing pieces

Scientists at the largest particle accelerator in the world, located in Switzerland, have put forward plans for a new, much larger supercollider. Its goal is to find new particles that could transform physics and provide a deeper understanding of how the universe functions. If authorized, it will be three times bigger than the enormous machine that is in use now. However, the £12 billion price tag has drawn criticism, with one commentator calling the spending “reckless”. Some experts have questioned whether it makes economic sense to spend that money, which is simply the initial building cost, from member states of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (Cern), including the UK.

 

The discovery of the Higgs Boson, a new particle, in 2012 was the Large Hadron Collider’s (LHC) greatest accomplishment. However, since then, its quest to find dark matter and dark energy, the two physics holy grails, has proven elusive, and some scientists think there are less expensive alternatives. The Future Circular Collider (FCC) is the name of the new device. Prof. Fabiola Gianotti, the director general of Cern, told BBC News that the device will be a “beautiful machine” if allowed.

 

“With the use of this technology, humanity will be able to significantly advance in its understanding of the universe and fundamental physics. And in order to do so, we require a more potent tool to deal with these issues,” the woman stated. Investigating why scientists desire an even larger particle accelerator, Pallab Ghosh and Kate Stephens take a closer look at the largest accelerator in the world. Near Geneva, on the French-Swiss border, is where you’ll find Cern. The LHC is made up of a 27 km-long subterranean circular tunnel. In some places, it smashes together atoms more forcefully than any other atom smasher in the world, accelerating the hadrons inside of them both clockwise and counterclockwise to speeds that are almost equal to the speed of light.

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