Doomsday collision set for early next week!

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Doomsday collision set for early next week!




Wed, Sep 17 11:35 AM


London, September 17 (ANI): The first collisions between subatomic particles
will take place in the giant
Large Hadron Collider

(LHC) next week, among fears that it
might create a doomsday
-
like scenario for our planet.

The LHC circulates particles in a
1
7
-
mile circumference

underground tunnel
straddling the French
-
Swiss border at The European Organization for Nuclear Research,
near Geneva, Switzerland, known by the acronym CERN.

According to a report in Telegraph, although there was much uproar last week
about the
first particles

-

protons

-

to whirl around the LHC at a shade under the speed of
light, the real aim of the exercise is to bring counter rotating beams of particles into
collision in the four "eyes"
-

detectors
-

of the machine to recreate condi
tions not seen
since just after the birth of the universe.

This is the aspect of the experiment that has triggered all the angst and hand
-
wringing by
doomsayers and Jeremiahs
, who fear that the collisions will mark the end of
the world, as it tumbles into
the gaping maw of a black hole.

These fears have been dismissed as nonsense by
Dr Evans
, along with scientists
such as
Prof Stephen Hawking
, who say that the end of the world is not nigh.

The original plan was to take
31 days

from the first proton beams ci
rculating in
the LHC to smashing protons for the first time.

"We were going along at a real good lick," Dr Evans said of the days after
particles first circulated.

But, the cryogenics that keep the great machine cooled went down on Friday, as a
result of t
hunderstorms disrupting the power supply.

"We have had problems with the electricity supply for various reasons and the
cryogenics is recovering from that, so we will not have a beam again, probably until
Thursday morning," said Dr Evans.

The team now hope
s to achieve collisions at between
one fifth and one tenth

of
the full energy in a few days.

"We are very confident that we can go quite quickly. The experiments have asked
us for some early collisions, at low energy. If we get stable conditions, we will g
et there
next week," said Dr Evans.

The collisions will take place in the two general purpose detectors of the giant
machine, called Atlas and CMS, though Dr Evans added that the team will also attempt
collisions in Alice, which will study a "liquid" form
of matter, called a quark
-
gluon
plasma, that formed shortly after the Big Bang, and an experiment called LHCb, which
will investigate the fate of antimatter in the wake of the Big Bang. (ANI)