Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Large Hadron Collider Live Webcast

The Large Hadron Collider is a thing of much controversy and confusion, some believe it will destroy the earth, others believe it could answer the questions of how the universe works, and how it was started, as well as answer questions on extra dimensions, dark matter etc. Well, this morning they broke the record for the highest energy man-made particle collision, and we are still here. 

- Check out the live webcast HERE  

"Physicists hope that the LHC will help answer many of the most fundamental questions in physics, questions concerning the basic laws governing the interactions and forces among theelementary objects, the deep structure of space and time, especially regarding the intersection of quantum mechanics and general relativity, where current theories and knowledge are unclear or break down altogether. These issues include, at least:
  • Is the Higgs mechanism for generating elementary particle masses via electroweak symmetry breaking indeed realised in nature? It is anticipated that the collider will either demonstrate (or rule out) the existence of the elusive Higgs boson(s), completing (or refuting) the Standard Model.
  • Is supersymmetry, an extension of the Standard Model and PoincarĂ© symmetry, realised in nature, implying that all known particles havesupersymmetric partners? These may clear up the mystery of dark matter.
  • Are there extra dimensions, as predicted by various models inspired by string theory, and can we detect them?
Other questions are:
  • Are electromagnetism, the strong nuclear force and the weak nuclear force just different manifestations of a single unified force, as predicted by various Grand Unification Theories?
  • Why is gravity so many orders of magnitude weaker than the other three fundamental forces? See also Hierarchy problem.
  • Are there additional sources of quark flavours, beyond those already predicted within the Standard Model?
  • Why are there apparent violations of the symmetry between matter and antimatter? See also CP violation.
  • What was the nature of the quark-gluon plasma in the early universe? This will be investigated by ion collisions in ALICE."

1 comment:

Inevitanevitable said...

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