More power, bigger, better, faster! Well, maybe not faster, the speed of light is pretty much it for now. But bigger and more powerful we can do.
Although the Large Hadron Collider is 17 miles (27 kilometres) long and covers a large area of Switzerland.
At depths ranging from 164 to 574 ft (50 to 175 metres) underground, the LHC has been smashing atoms for research since 2009. It is currently undergoing upgrades and is scheduled to re-start operations in 2015.
Even with the re-start there are already plans on the table for a new collider, tentatively called the Geneva Basin Collider that is a 100km in length. So why the need for the bigger badder collider?
Even though the LCH can get particles moving near the speed of light, it turns out that you need even more power to produce particles (like the Higgs Boson) that occurred close to the Big Bang. As two beams of particles travel in opposite directions, they are directed toward each other and then the computers capture what happens when beams collide. A couple of billion times a second. But to produce higher energy particles, you need to add more energy. The only way we know how at the moment is to build a bigger, badder collider.
– Ex astris, scientia –
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