Mar 31, 2010
Large Hadron Collider: FAQ
Written under: Science
The Large Hadron Collider or LHC is said to be the greatest experiment of all time, but many don’t know exactly what it is for and many fear that it could cause the end of the Earth. Is this true?
We now have some simple and brief FAQ about the Large Hadron Collider for you compiled below. We hope that this will be able to help you understand a little more about the LHC project.
What does the Large Hadron Collider do?
It smashes particles smaller than atoms at almost the speed of light so it will break down into its constituent parts and recreate conditions which existed fractions of a second after the Big Bang.
What do we hope to learn from the experiments?
Scientists hope it will help them understand how the universe was created and find “missing” particles which are thought to exist but have never been observed, some say that it could open up another dimension of time and space.
How long will we find out about the results?
The data is vast and complex and the 80,000 computers assigned to it will take months, if not years to completely decipher.
What’s the practical applications of these experiments?
No one still has answers as to the practical applications the results could bring. But it will help confirm some theories of physics and from there – a practical application can be derived.
Could it cause the end of the world?
Some speculations state that the LHC might create a black hole and swallow the earth. This has been proved wrong by scientists already. Even Professor Stephen Hawking says that the LHC collisions are too weak to create a black hole.
How much did it cost to make the LHC?
The Large Hadron Collider cost a total of £4.4 billion, of which the UK contributed £500 million, the third largest amount behind the French and the Swiss.