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Quantum Physics Lesson 3.1 - The Large Hadron Collider
Transcript of Quantum Physics Lesson 3.1 - The Large Hadron Collider
The Large Hadron Collider
The LHC is located on the border of Switzerland and France in a town called Geneva
It has a circumference of 27km (so a radius of about 4.5km)
It is the most expensive Science Experiment ever conducted costing over 7.5 Billion Euros
The aim of this experiment was to find the elusive Higgs Boson, a particle predicted by modern particle theory to be responsible for other particles having mass.
Last year it successfully discovered it before it shut down for some upgrades
ALICE - is a detector built to investigate the properties of the quark-gluon plasma, in the hopes to better understand why quarks come in 3's
LHCb - A smaller detector that aims to investigate the reasons why our Universe is made up primarily of matter and not anti-matter.
CMS - a smaller more compact detector actually weighs over 12,000 tonnes. It has over 3,600 scientists working on it also searching for the Higgs
ATLAS - the biggest detector standing at 25 meters tall and weighing over 7,000 tonnes, ATLAS employs over 3000 scientists in the search for the Higgs.
There a 4 main experiments that are stationed around the LHC.