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Tuesday, 30 March 2010 18:37

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With record-breaking particle collision, scientists on the hunt for great mysteries of the universe
Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider succeeded today in smashing two particle beams into each other at an energy level three and a half times greater than ever achieved before.



Today's record-breaking collision marks the beginning of intensive scientific research for the collider, which has suffered through expensive and time-consuming glitches since it first went online in September 2008.

With the success of this high-energy collision, scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), which runs the collider, said they now can begin their long-anticipated hunt to answer some of the great mysteries of the universe - understanding dark matter and black holes and finding new dimensions.

"We've all been impressed with the way the [collider] has performed so far," said Guido Tonelli, a CERN spokesman, in a statement. "We'll address soon some of the major puzzles of modern physics, like the origin of mass, the grand unification of forces and the presence of abundant dark matter in the universe. I expect very exciting times in front of us."

On March 19, CERN scientists announced that the collider had broken a second energy record, accelerating proton beams to 3.5 teraelectronvolts (TeV), the top speed for an atom smasher machine. That came on the heels of the collider, which sits astride the Swiss/French border, setting the previous record by accelerating two protons at a speed of 1.18 TeV late last      [More...] [Comments...]

 

 

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