This is the kind of news that will either make you jump for joy or cower in fear: the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is back online and its even more power than it was before. The LHC has been undergoing an extensive upgrade that has taken two years, but is now starting a ramp up that marks its second body of work – a body of work that will hopefully see protons colliding with 13TeV of energy, double that which was possible the last time the LHC was on.
Of course, all of this is in the name of science, and the theories on the table to be explored by CERN include:
- Brout-Englert-Higgs mechanism,
- dark matter,
- quark-gluon plasma
All of these tests intend to push the limits of our understanding of physics and hopefully unravel more of the unknown. Here’s to the LHC not creating a black hole.
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