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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Revolution builds a Particle Accelerator like the LHC at CERN (?)

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Large Hadron Collider

   This screen captures are from episode 1x08 "Ties That Bind", in which Randall talks with Grace about the pendant that Monroe has and how this will have "ramifications". Then they show a giant machine that is being build and it reminded me of the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) experiment at CERN. After googling it I found that that particular machine they showed is exactly like one of the particle detectors at the LHC called ATLAS (picture above).

Revolution's LHCRevolution's LHC
(Click to enlarge the pictures)

Many of you may not know what I'm talking about... this question and answers are from the ATLAS website.

What is the LHC?
   The protons are accelerated in opposite directions in the Large Hadron Collider, an underground accelerator ring 27 kilometres in circumference at the CERN Laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. Crashing together in the center of ATLAS, the particles will produce tiny fireballs of primordial energy. LHC recreates the conditions at the birth of the Universe -- 30 million times a second. Relics of the early Universe not seen since the Universe cooled after the Big Bang 14 billion years ago will spring fleetingly to life again. The LHC is in effect a Big Bang Machine. (Portions of this text are paraphrased from an article written by Dennis Overbye in the New York Times on May 15, 2007, with permission.)

What is ATLAS?
   ATLAS is a particle physics experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. The ATLAS detector is searching for new discoveries in the head-on collisions of protons of extraordinarily high energy. ATLAS will learn about the basic forces that have shaped our Universe since the beginning of time and that will determine its fate. Among the possible unknowns are the origin of mass, extra dimensions of space, microscopic black holes, and evidence for dark matter candidates in the Universe.

So what do you guys think about this? What could they use it for? or what else could they being building? Leave your theories in the comments below!