Recreation of 'The Big Bang'

This little artilcle is written by my Dad. I just put it up hoping that it will be a useful information to some of them :)

You have heard / seen from TV reports newspapers about the test started on 10th September 2008 by the  US/European scientists to 'rediscover' the 'Big Bang Theory'. 

Cosmologists say that that explosion of an object the size of a small coin occurred about 13.7 billion years ago and led to formation of stars, planets -- and eventually to life on earth.  Now in this current experiment, sub-atomic particles are smashed together (colliding two beams of particles) at close to the speed of light; thereby recreating the conditions that existed a fraction of a second after the birth of the universe or Big Bang (formation of universe and its origin; origin of life)... , shedding light on the building blocks of life.
It took many years, it seems, to reach here - the experiment stage.  For example, the 27km-long tunnel which houses the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) - the machine on the Swiss-French border is designed to smash protons - took 14 years to construct.  Some 10,000 scientists from around the world have worked on this complex 9.5 billion dollar apparatus since construction began in 1994.  This is so the biggest and most expensive scientific instrument ever built (see the attached photo).

The gigantic item, weighing nearly 2000 tonnes, the equivalent of five jumbo jets, is housed in a vast cavern 100 metres below ground at the multinational centre, CERN, which lies across the Swiss-French border near Geneva.
In the LHC beams of protons are propelled through an 27 kilometer-long circular tunnel. More than 5,000 magnets lining the tunnel will accelerate the hundreds of billions of tiny particles to almost the speed of light, allowing them to complete one circuit in one-11,000th of a second.  There will be two beams going in opposite directions, each packing as much energy as a car travelling at 100mph.  When they reach almost the speed of light, they will be smashed head on into each other, breaking them into their constituent parts, including, perhaps, the building blocks of the universe.....
Comments:

this is a good post..

did you see the LHC RAP ? if not just have a look at this..

Cool.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j50ZssEojtM

Posted by NextDoorNerd on September 18, 2008 at 05:33 PM IST #

This experiment is not about foundations of life but this is about the depth of physics and the discovery of Higgs particle. Higgs boson give things "mass" theoretically. So that is why all the physicists are exited

Posted by Divyesh on September 19, 2008 at 05:08 AM IST #

Hi Divyesh.

This is a great piece of information...

I did not know that this experiment was about the discovery of Higgs particle!!

Thank you for the info.

Posted by Avinash Joshi on September 19, 2008 at 05:39 PM IST #

this is hella dumb

Posted by ya mamma on January 02, 2009 at 11:13 PM IST #

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