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Large Hadron Collider upgrades begin
By T.K. Randall
April 3, 2013 · 23 comments
Image Credit: Arpad Horvath
The particle accelerator that lead to the discovery of the Higgs Boson is to have its energy doubled.
The upgrades to the Large Hadron Collider will cost over $100 million and will open the doors to a whole new world of discoveries, ultimately helping scientists to develop a complete theory of how the universe works. Already the most powerful particle accelerator in the world, once upgraded the LHC will have twice the energy that it did when it discovered the Higgs Boson.
"The past two years have been the most exciting in my time as a particle physicist," said one of the LHC's project leaders Dr Pippa Wells. "People are absolutely fired up. They've made one new discovery (the Higgs) and they want to make more discoveries with the new high energies that the upgrade will give us. We could find a new realm of particle physics."
Engineers have begun a major upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Their work should double the energy of what's already the most powerful particle accelerator in the world. BBC News is the first to be allowed to see inside the LHC - on the French-Swiss border - to watch the work being carried out.
Source: BBC News
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