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Plans for new particle accelerator revealed


Posted on Friday, 14 June, 2013 | Comment icon 12 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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The International Linear Collider will be one of the largest science projects ever undertaken.

The vast new particle accelerator will stretch over an area 19.3 miles across and cost almost double what it took to build the world's current largest accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider. Using the latest technologies the ILC would focus its efforts on revealing the properties of dark matter and other fundamental particles that make up our universe.

"The technology is there, the R&D milestones have been achieved, the physics case is clear, and we could start construction tomorrow," said physicist Barry Barish. One of the remaining issues for the IHC team pertains will be to find a location to build it with Japan currently one of the top contenders. It is also unclear if it will be possible to secure sufficient funds to go ahead with the project.

"One of the biggest science projects in human history is ready to begin."

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Comment icon #3 Posted by StarMountainKid on 13 June, 2013, 17:14
Great! As far as financing goes, the top 100 billionaire's total wealth is one trillian seven hundred and ten billion U.S. dollars according to Forbes. The top 30 of these people's wealth reaches the trillion dollar mark. One would think these people would get together and donate some of their money collectively to something like this for the advancement of human knowledge.
Comment icon #4 Posted by David Thomson on 14 June, 2013, 16:03
The data from these collisions are nothing more than streaks on film. Where are the equations that show how a so-called Higgs relates to an electron or proton? I mean, if the Higg's is a building block of matter, what is its contribution to the structures of subatomic particles? For example, we are told that electrons and protons follow shell structures in atoms. We know the mass, charge, spin, radius, and other factors relating to subatomic particles. What are the specifics for the Higgs? They do not exist. The Higgs is an interpretation of billions of streaks of light on a series of phot... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by pallidin on 14 June, 2013, 17:28
Yeah, the technology and physics seem to be there, but not the funding. Given the mysterious origin of "dark matter" I can only suppose that this might be a worthwhile endeavor. Just an opinion, of course.
Comment icon #6 Posted by sepulchrave on 14 June, 2013, 17:30
... Well they don't use film any more, but basically yes... Well, briefly, they are on the . I guess one could argue that strictly speaking the Higgs boson doesn't relate to electrons or protons at all, the Higgs boson is just the of a that gives mass to the that mediate the . But assuming some sort of , (which seems reasonable) the would also give mass to fermions like quarks and electrons. It isn't a building block of matter, any more than a is. The Higgs boson is a - i.e. a quantized excitation - of the Higgs field. It is this field that gives particles mass... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by David Thomson on 14 June, 2013, 17:43
The data from these collisions are nothing more than streaks on film. Where are the equations that show how a so-called Higgs relates to an electron or proton? I mean, if the Higg's is a building block of matter, what is its contribution to the structures of subatomic particles? For example, we are told that electrons and protons follow shell structures in atoms. We know the mass, charge, spin, radius, and other factors relating to subatomic particles. What are the specifics for the Higgs? They do not exist. The Higgs is an interpretation of billions of streaks of light on a series of phot... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by David Thomson on 14 June, 2013, 18:29
That is exactly my point. The Higgs does not apply to structure. Scalars and symmetries are merely calculus equations. Calculus equations describe change, not structure. Structure is. Change is what happens to structure. Further, there is no such thing as a "weak nuclear force." The strong nuclear force, the gravitational force, and the electric force are measurable in newtons, which is the unit of force. The so-called "weak nuclear force" is merely a dimensionless number and it is best described as a ratio of the electric and magnetic forces. Modern physics treats the di... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by skookum on 14 June, 2013, 19:18
I take it that the need for a larger one means the other is a white Elephant?
Comment icon #10 Posted by sepulchrave on 14 June, 2013, 20:33
Well for starters, you asked for the equations. It seems to me like you have a problem with the terminology of a theory, not the actual consequences of a theory. In modern physics it is commonly accepted that ``fields'' are the fundamental reality. What we observe is a consequence of fields manifesting in a particular way. But if you don't like that, we can easily switch our language, the actual predictions of a theory will stay the same. How about this: Electric charge, color (strong nuclear force), and isospin (weak nuclear force) all exist. The reason why we know they exist is... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by Ugly1 on 15 June, 2013, 0:00
Hey great idea! Let's build an insanely expensive piece of equipment in an area with extensive amounts of recent earthquakes. Will this structure be underground?


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