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Next hadron collider to be four times larger


Posted on Wednesday, 16 January, 2019 | Comment icon 28 comments

The Future Circular Collider will be absolutely enormous. Image Credit: CERN
Scientists at CERN are planning a successor to the Large Hadron Collider with ten times the power.
Built between 1998 and 2008 in collaboration with more than 10,000 scientists and engineers from around the world, the Large Hadron Collider - officially the world's largest machine - consists of a ring approximately 27km in circumference which is situated near Geneva, Switzerland.

Now scientists have started to look ahead to the atom smasher's successor - a monster of a particle accelerator that will be four times as large and ten times as powerful.

Known tentatively as the Future Circular Collider (FCC), the new facility will take two or three decades to complete, but will have the potential to open up whole new fields of particle physics.

While the proposal still needs to be approved by an international panel of particle physicists, it has been described as "very exciting" and there appears to be a lot of enthusiasm for it.

CERN's Director-General Prof Fabiola Gianotti has described it as "a remarkable accomplishment."

"It shows the tremendous potential of the FCC to improve our knowledge of fundamental physics and to advance many technologies with a broad impact on society," she said.

Others, however, have expressed concern over the high cost of such an endeavour as well as the potential unintended side effects of smashing particles at such extreme power levels.

As things stand, it remains to be seen whether or not the project will actually go ahead as planned.

Source: BBC News | Comments (28)

Tags: Large Hadron Collider

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #19 Posted by danydandan on 17 January, 2019, 9:05
Not really. According to the standard model I don't think our level of resolution will get any finer.  Simply put, it's about acceleration and more detectors for impacts.  More acceleration, higher energy impacts and with more detection points, it's easier to see and extrapolate the data.   
Comment icon #20 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 17 January, 2019, 10:43
That's easy for you to say 
Comment icon #21 Posted by danydandan on 17 January, 2019, 12:39
Easier, not easy. 
Comment icon #22 Posted by Seti42 on 17 January, 2019, 18:34
I wonder if the conspiracy/doomsayer BS will also be 4x larger...
Comment icon #23 Posted by sci-nerd on 18 January, 2019, 21:47
More reasons why we need a larger collider: [16.25 min. - but only 12 mins about the subject.]
Comment icon #24 Posted by danydandan on 18 January, 2019, 21:49
Might actually be able to test M-Theory hypotheses if it's big enough.
Comment icon #25 Posted by sci-nerd on 18 January, 2019, 22:06
A wet dream! Let's call her SuSy 
Comment icon #26 Posted by PeacemongerWarlord on 19 January, 2019, 1:12
IDK maybe accidentally opening a portal to Hell will be fun but maybe they should build it on Mars or something.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Rlyeh on 19 January, 2019, 13:55
Basically the game Doom.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Hal White on 1 February, 2019, 15:40
Sounds like this could be a big Win for Elon's boring company (hehe) he should be putting in bids now.  


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