Large Hadron Collider needs help

Large Hadron Collider

Large Hadron Collider needs help

The Large Hadron Collider will be assisted by the International Linear Collider (ILC). The Hadron collider was the most expensive scientific experiment ever completed. It cost $6.2 billion and took fourteen years to build, and only became operational this year 2010.

So why do the scientist need to build another machine?

To understand the reasoning you need to try and understand the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) . The LHC was made to look into the workings of protons. The LHC manages to push protons around a huge tubular ring the protons pick up speed until they almost reach the speed of light and then it causes the protons to smash against each other to see what happens. With expectations that new and amazing particles will be discovered.

However, it is not an easy job trying to track all the particles that come out from the collision, in fact it’s a lot harder then the scientist ever imagined. What is needed is a machine with greater accuracy. This is where the ILC comes into play, this new machine will not crash protons together, but instead it will take electrons and positrons and smash these together. It is anticipated that this will provide greater accuracy then the proton collisions.

The ILC may cost a bit more then the original LHC, the time-scale for the build has yet to be announced . Lets just hope that the scientists get it right this time.

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