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Sept launch for bid to crack secrets of universe
Posted By admin On August 8, 2008 @ 2:51 am In Sci Tech | Comments Disabled
Friday, Aug 8, 2008
The world’s most powerful particle accelerator, aimed at unlocking secrets of the universe, will be launched on September 10, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) said on Thursday.
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), housed in an underground tunnel 27 kilometers (17 miles) in circumference, will recreate conditions just after the Big Bang which many scientists believe gave birth to the universe.
It will seek to collide two beams of particles at close to the speed of light.
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“The first attempt to circulate a beam in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will be made on September 10,” the Geneva-based CERN said in a statement.
The LHC will study a new frontier of physics, producing beams with seven times more energy than any previous machine.
But starting it up is not as simple as flipping a switch.
Each of its eight sectors must be cooled to their operating temperature of minus 271 degrees Celsius (minus 456 degrees Fahrenheit), colder than outer space. This phase is reaching a successful conclusion but electrical testing must follow.
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