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Large Hadron Collider

Large Hadron Collider:

Currently, engineers are warming up the LHC for its third season of operations,with upgrades.

  • Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest science experiment that smashes tiny particles called hadrons together at really high speeds. It uses protons as the particles and has a long circular pipe where they’re accelerated.
  • LHC is expected to throw up evidence of “new physics” — or physics beyond the Standard Model of Particle Physics, which explains how the basic building blocks of matter interact, governed by four fundamental forces.
  • Working LHC studies the smallest known building blocks of matter. It fires two beams of protons almost at the speed of light in opposite directions, guided by the magnetic field of superconducting electromagnets
  • Built by European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN)
  • Located 27-km-long track loop buried 100m underground on the Swiss-French border
  • Experiments:  ATLAS, CMS