" Even the most sophisticated and seemingly remote basic nuclear physics research has implications beneficial to human welfare."
Chien Shiung Wu (1912 - 1997). Physicist.
"The particle-physics community needs to be more open ". Luciano Maiani. Director General of CERN (1999-2003).
"The most exciting discoveries are the ones you don't anticipate open ".
John Ellis. CERN Theoretical Physicist.



30 November 2009

LHC becomes world's most powerful particle accelerator


Large Hadron Collider has become the world’s highest energy particle accelerator, having accelerated its twin beams of protons to an energy of 1.18 TeV in the early hours of the morning November 30th, 2009. This exceeds the previous world record of 0.98 TeV, which had been held by the US Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory’s Tevatron collider since 2001.

LHC (situated in the northwest suburbs of Geneva on the Franco–Swiss border) generates the greatest amount of information that has ever been produced in an experiment before. It will also reveal some of the most fundamental secrets of nature.

In the next animation you will be able to find a fast overview about what this experiment involves.

Despite the enormous amount of information available about this topic, it is not easy for non-specialists to know where the data come from.

Basically, the purpose of this website is to help introduce and inform the public about the LHC experiment, and some simple physical calculations which take place in all particle accelerators. They can be used in secondary school classrooms in order to stimulate the curiosity of the students, help them understand the physical concepts of LHC, and they can also be used as an example of the relationship between the cold equations of Physics on the blackboard and the exciting scientific research.

The calculations that you will be finding in this Website are adapted from the Physics of Secondary School and in most cases they are just very simple approaches to the correct results.

It may be interesting to take a look at other websites which give simple description of Particle Physics. For example: An Introduction To Particle Physics or other links that you can find on this website.

A link to the Glossary -with other informations- can always be found at the top of the page.

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