CERN spends $150 million to upgrade Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which crushed protons at 13 trillion electron volts
Following a recent repairs and upgrade activities carried out on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), the facility has succeeded at crushing protons at 13 trillion electron volts, a giant leap from the 8 trillion electron volt that was achieved in 2012.
The largest particle collider in the world was able to achieve this feat after a $150 million repairs and upgrade was done on it following a 2-year limbo. According to researchers working at the facility, the machine is now boosted to achieve a maximum 14 TeV capacity in a short time to come, and by June it will be set to conduct another battery of tests according to schedules set by CERN.
The LHC is helping scientists to unravel the mystery of the world and how the universe formed. Scientists through the help of the machine can study fundamental particles and matter with a view to understanding how they relate together to sustain the universe.
The LHC was instrumental to discovering the existence of the Higgs Boson, a phenomenon that was first theorized in 1964 by two scientists who have now gone ahead to receive the 2013 Nobel Physics award after the LHC confirmed their theories.
The CERN’s LHC facility is a 17 mile lab located along the French-Swiss border, and it has been the center of great research on physics with hundreds of scientists carrying out extensive experiments at the facility. Several other experiments have been placed on queue till June when it will be open for another round of research, and among these are CMS, ALICE, and ATLAS among others.