Three years in the making, ILC to outshine the LHC
An announcement was made regarding a larger particle accelerator which seems to be in line for construction.
Since the Large Hadron Collider has thus far failed to exterminate life on Earth, Brain Foster of Oxford University is keen to start work on the International Linear Collider or ILC, a project that has already cost $150 million for the designs alone.
The accelerator, which will accelerate electrons and positrons rather than protons such as the LHC handles, is nicknamed “Einstein’s Telescope” and it is hoped that the work on the Large Hadron Collider will be built on by the more advanced, 31 mile long structure. It will contain two “guns” to fire the electrons and positrons and should be instrumental in answering the questions the LHC cannot.
Unlike the LHC, the ILC will have to be constructed in a straight line, due to the nature of the elements it will handle. It will have linear accelerators pointing at each other in order to achieve collision.