CERN Lab Witnesses A Record-Breaking Collision

Within the doors of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research - a new step towards what would probably go down into history is taking place.




The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has been since 2009 working hard on intensifying its particle beam ambitions. In the LHC’s 17-mile long structure, particle beams packed with protons witness acceleration levels that would leave anyone awestruck. Measured in luminosity, these beams travel with varying speeds and the system, as the name suggests, relies on the collision of these particles.

On the midnight of April 22nd, 2011, the new step, in question took place. The beam intensity reached a luminosity of 4.67 x 1032 cm-2s-1. Previously, the record of beam intensity was held by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory's Tevatron, last year. Now, this collision has reached a luminating level with LHC.

The scientists at CERN are one excited bunch, for months they have been looking at making maximum collisions to bring out some rare particles like Higgs boson, among others. For one, these collisions should document the proof of the existence of Higgs boson.

Published Date: Apr 25, 2011 03:24 pm | Updated Date: Apr 25, 2011 03:24 pm