LHC is the Large Hadron Collider beneath the border joining France and Switzerland.
The experiment created temperatures a million times hotter than the centre of the Sun.
The LHC is housed in a 27km-long circular tunnel under the French-Swiss border near Geneva.
Up until now, the world’s highest-energy particle accelerator – which is run by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (Cern) – has been colliding protons, in a bid to uncover mysteries of the Universe’s formation.
Proton collisions could help spot the elusive Higgs boson particle and signs of new physical laws, such as a framework called supersymmetry.
But for the next four weeks, scientists at the LHC will concentrate on analysing the data obtained from the lead ion collisions.
This way, they hope to learn more about the plasma the Universe was made of a millionth of a second after the Big Bang, 13.7 billion years ago.
I find this incredibly exciting. One day we will understand the universe. Sadly it won’t happen until I merge back into it!
Not to worry I can watch from a distant star.
- Large Hadron Collider (LHC) generates a ‘mini-Big Bang’ – Katia Moskvitch – BBC News (richarddawkins.net)
- Collider produces ‘mini-Big Bang’ (bbc.co.uk)
- Large Hadron Collider (LHC) Generates a ‘Mini-Big Bang’ (science.slashdot.org)