The Large Hadron Collider (LHC)
A quick google search churns up some impressive results, it’s: the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, the largest and most complex experimental facility ever built, and the largest single machine in the world. It consists of a 27-kilomtre ring of superconducting magnets with several accelerating structures to boost the energy of the particles along the way.
Not a shabby piece of equipment to scoff at, even if theoretical particle physics isn’t up your street.
Where does collaboration come in with the LHC? It was built by the European Organisation for Nuclear Research with over 10,000 scientists and engineers from over 100 countries, as well as hundreds of universities and laboratories.
With the aim of allowing progress in understanding the deepest laws of nature, it’s still pushing the boundaries of modern scientific knowledge today. Located a cool 100 meters underground between the borders of France and Switzerland, it genuinely might unearth the secrets of the universe.
Either way, it’s a pretty nifty machine. The basics involve it hurling beams of protons and ions at a velocity approaching the speed of light, the LHC will cause the beams to collide with each other and then record the results caused by the collision. Six sites along its circumference can gather data for the multitude of different experiments being conducted. Most of these experiments revolve around an attempt at understanding our universe, how it works and its actual structure. This is known today in what scientists call the theory of the standard model.
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