Testing The Big Bang Theory – For Real

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Finally the day came, 10th September 2008 the big day in everyone’s life.

300 feet below Meyrin Switzerland, scientist are set to turn on the one most expensive machine ever built. Meet the world’s largest particle accelerator named The Large Hadron Collider.

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At CERN, the Large Hadron Collider could recreate conditions that last prevailed when the universe was less than a trillionth of a second old. Above is one of the collider’s massive particle detectors, called the Compact Muon Solenoid.

The Large Hadron Collider was built to look at how the Universe was created by analyzing particle collisions. This has quit a lot of people a little nervous since no one knows what could happen if things go wrong. Either way it’s still a very interesting project which deserves more reading. If you are interested, click on this link for the full New York Times story.

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the large hadron collider

This picture shows how big the tunnel is, 17 miles in which scientist will attempt to circulate a beam of protons…

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Scientists and technicians working day and night, monitoring each and everything twice and thrice to making sure they do not put an end to our Universe by trying to figure out how it started…

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 A technician assembles the tracker of the magnet core of the Compact Muon Solenoid, a 1920-tonne element at CERN, March 22, 2007. CMS is part of five experiments which will study what happens when beams of particles collide in the 27 km-long underground Large Hadron Collider.

big bang theory

The “Big Bang” is a theory first postulated by physicist and astronomer Georges Lemaître based on Einstein’s theory of general relativity to cosmology. It states that the universe was created approximately 15 billion years ago when it was little more than a tightly woven packet of small atomic mass that exploded and has been expanding from its primordial hot and dense initial condition to the continous expanse of universe that we know today.

CERN will try to recreate a mini-version of the “Big Bang” deep underground by using its Large Hadron Collider (LHC) particle smasher. Early preliminary testing has been successful and now the agency is ready test or “re-stage” what science believe was the actual birth of our universe, only on a much, much smaller scale.

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Evans and his LHC team will send a full particle beam all the way around the collider pipe in one direction before sending beams in both directions, traveling at the speed of light, and smashing them together later in the year. The resulting collision will be monitored on computers at CERN and laboratories around the world by scientists looking for the ultimate proof to the theory, a, or the, particle (called “Higgs boson”)that made life possible. The Higgs boson is thought to be the particle of glue that holds all matter together, thus creating the universe and all life in it.

The particle is named after 79-year old Scottish physicist Peter Higgs, who will be on hand in Switzerland for the experiment. He believes that his “Higgs boson” should appear quite quickly once the two beams collide. Others are not so sure.