The new Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has just been switched on at CERN. Here’s a brief description of the device:
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator complex, intended to collide opposing beams of protons (one type of hadron) charged with high energy. Its main purpose is to explore the validity and limitations of the Standard Model, the current theoretical picture for particle physics. It is theorized that the collider will confirm the existence of the Higgs boson, the observation of which could confirm the predictions and missing links in the Standard Model, and could explain how other elementary particles acquire properties such as mass.
The device has been turned on but it won’t go into operation till the 21st of October. In the meantime, get your very own “I survived the Large Hadron Collider Experiment” T-shirt.