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Lisa Randall on the Large Haldron Collider

November 24, 2009

As much fun as it sounds, smashing atoms is no picnic.  Harvard physicist, author, and 2005 IDEAS Boston Speaker Lisa Randall recently chronicled the tribulations and promise of the Large Haldron Collider for Discover Magazine

 The LHC opened in September 2008 to international scientific fanfare and a “smashingly” successful calibration sequence.  So far, further experiments have been derailed by a series of technical difficulties.  Once it is fully on-line, the 27 kilometer accelerator, which boasts seven times the energy of the most powerful present collider, will begin its search for new information on the atomic composition of our universe. 

 The unprecedented scale of the LHC is essential to Dr. Randall’s work in cutting-edge string theory, where she is plotting the course for a voyage into the realm of dark matter, super symmetry, and extra dimensions.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. David Sloand permalink
    February 9, 2010 10:05 pm

    http://web.mit.edu/press/2010/lhc-results-0208.html

    Check out the initial test results!

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