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Large Hadron Collider @ CERN

This is just amazing – you have to check out some of these pictures.   The science, physics and maths involved must be incredible – they will be projecting particles at close to the speed of light !    (300,000 m/sec)

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 27 kilometre (17 mile) long particle accelerator straddling the border of Switzerland and France, is nearly set to begin its first particle beam tests.

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is preparing for its first small tests in early August, leading to a planned full-track test in September – and the first planned particle collisions before the end of the year.

The final step before starting is the chilling of the entire collider to -271.25 C (-456.25 F).

Here is a collection of photographs from CERN, showing various stages of completion of the LHC and several of its larger experiments (some over seven stories tall), over the past several years. (27 photos total)

Source : The Boston Globe

I’d be interested to know what sort of computing power is running the operation – there would have to be thousands of kilometres of cabling, too !

It looks like something out of a sci-fi movie – StarGate perhaps !   To get an idea of the scale, see if you can pick out the people in the following photos…>

You can see the “ring” of the particle accelerator in this photo – there’s a smaller one also – but the BIG one has a circumference of 27 km !

Let’s hope no-one does a “whoops” – or there will be a crater the size of Texas – on the border of Switzerland and France (!)

See all photos here.

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One Response

  1. Whoops is correct!

    Abstract below from Dr. Rossler’s plea to the world, copy available at LHCFacts.org.

    A nightmarish situation, that can still be hoped to be averted in time through communication within the scientific community, is drawn attention to. Only a few weeks remain to find out whether the danger is real or nothing but a mirage. After this time window is closed, it will take years until we know whether or not we are doomed. The story line has all the features of a best-selling novel. The reader is asked to contribute constructively.

    Quote from Dr. Otto E. Rossler, Professor Theoretical Biochemist, visiting Professor of Theoretical Physics, inventor of the Rossler Attractor, founder of Endophysics, winner of the 2003 Chaos Award of the University of Liege and the 2003 Rene Descartes Award.

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