The Large Hadron Collider returns in search of new physics

The Large Hadron Collider returns in search of new physics

On your marks, set, go: The race to discover new physics returns today as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is reignited, blasting heavy ion particles against each other at 99, 99% the speed of light to recreate a state of primordial matter not seen since just after the Big Bang.

The Large Hadron Collider is the world’s longest and most powerful particle accelerator, shooting beams of subatomic particles around a 27 kilometer loop underground near Geneva, on the Franco-Swiss border. Since the LHC’s initial commissioning in 2010, its experiments have produced 3,000 scientific papers, with a series of discoveries including the most famous of all: the discovery of the the Higgs boson.

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