For maintenance and upgrades. Over the next two years, the largest accelerator in the world will be worked on to do bigger experiments.
It turns out that in order to find newer and stranger particles, like the Higgs Bosson, you need to add more energy. A lot more energy.
So, the team is shutting down the collider to work on finding more about the Universe we live in. Don’t worry, the data that they already have accumulated will take 20 years to parse through anyhow.
Actually, this post is just so I can once again point out one of my favorite videos: the LHC Rap that can be found here. Watch and enjoy. There is actual science in this video and there will be a quiz afterwards!
– Ex astris, scientia –
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