Large Hadron Collider Startup

A simulation of the Higgs boson particle

A simulation of the Higgs boson particle

Today is the start-up day for the Large Hadron Collider in CERN Switzerland, an instrument which will “open new vistas on the deepest secrets of the universe, stretching the imagination with new forms of matter, new forces of nature, and new dimensions of space.” You can find the press release for the first proton beam to complete a full lap of the accelerator here, and discussion of the event in New Scientist here, and from the BBC at ‘Big Bang’ Experiment Starts Well.

For interesting but brief comments on what scientists expect to learn from several Nobel laureates, see the CERN Courier article Nobel Expectations for New Physics at the LHC. For more on the US participation in the project, see the National Science Foundation’s website for the US Presence at the Large Hadron Collider. And for a brief refutation of the ludicrous hyperbole about the LHC circulated recently on bizarre websites, see the BBC’s Earth ‘Not At Risk’ From Collider.


8 Responses to “Large Hadron Collider Startup”

  1. Large Hadron Collider Virtual Tour « Haysville Community Library Says:

    […] For a few more details concerning CERN’s LHC and the search for the elusive Higgs boson, see this post over at BellerophonChimera. Published […]

  2. ruud smit Says:

    LHC will only provide us with a new brave frontier en route to the smallest scale of matter imaginable. We should understand that in order to access the planck barrier we need manifolds more energy than the sun has provided us.

  3. joshua.hamman » Blog Archive » Higgs Boson does not exist Says:

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  4. Pat Gaffney Says:

    The Higgs boson is a hypothetical piece of matter which has an undefined mass @ the smallest spectrum scale of existance. Not many years ago black holes were also hypothetical. We still have no way of knowing what lies at the centre of a black hole. It is not an unreasonable assumption that the Higgs Boson with its mysteries of mass and existance could lie at the centre. A black hole may be looked at as a disturbance in mormal space. If the disruption of the physics of the smallest matter resulted in an exponential increase in mass as in the collapse of a star and the nuclear fusion and fission that takes place, and then the birth of a black hole or singularity due to the resultant increase of gravitation. The fabric of space and time is stretched by this. The higgs boson and possibly other as yet undiscovered particles may be the catalyst for the creation of these powerful sources of energy. Not a scientist. Not an expert. Not even got a clue. Seems clues are what are being looked for.

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  6. allan Says:

    the higgs boson is a temporary particle of photonic origin that is the direct result of a photon collapsing on itself to give rise to fusion type reactions the faster the photon collapses directly influences the state of fusion that occurs a boson is the initiator of all fusion reactions but however is so temporary it cannot be sustained longer than the reaction takes to complete so is extremely elusive but it is the bridging particle between matter and antimatter

  7. allan Says:

    a boson is the aftermath particle from a neutron that has been super staurated with photons and collapses on itself

  8. allan Says:

    like a galaxy with a black hole in its center so too is a super saturated atomic structure when the core collapses a black hole is born there is your higgs boson particle! and the power for fusion to occur

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