After a year’s setback and, for some scientists, several decades of hard work, the beams of protons first smashed together just after noon BST today. The collisions of smashed atomic particles on each beam is capable of generating an energy of 3.5 trillion electron volts, three times the previous record. This brings in a new insight and perception of how energy could be produced, in a highly efficient manner. The test is carried using Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator and the test area is located at the underground tunnel between the Swiss-French border in Geneva. The two proton beams began circulating ten days ago in opposite directions around a 17-mile (27km) tunnel. And only on the third attempts, scientists able to watch the event live from around the world described it as an “historic moment” marking the initial step towards addressing some of the deepest mysteries in physics.
- Scientists are mimicking the conditions moments after the Big Bang and hope that the LHC will eventually find evidence for the existence of the Higgs boson. A particle that theoretically gives matter mass that has never been detected before. Giving new insights into the nature of the strong interaction and the evolution of matter in the early Universe.“We are going where nobody has been before. We have opened a new territory for physics,” said Oliver Buchmueller, a senior CERN scientist.