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Switzerland: Large Hadron Collider back in action and twice as powerful01:24

Switzerland: Large Hadron Collider back in action and twice as powerful

Switzerland, Meyrin
April 5, 2015 at 09:54 GMT +00:00 · Published

European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) Engineers at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have upgraded and remodeled their particle accelerator in Meyrin, on the Swiss-French border, Sunday. Members of CERN were celebrating the first successful rotation of particles using the new connectors and detectors. CERN engineer Laurette Ponce was delighted with the preliminary tests, declaring them "already a big success." English based CERN engineer, Paul Collier, noted that despite the initial success CERN needed to "correct the beams trajectory to make the beam now do multiple turns."

The LHC works by sending beams containing particulars around a ring, in both directions, at just below the speed of light. When the upgraded LHC is ready the engineers will make the particles collide in enormous detectors, with the aim to discover new particles which could explain some of the universe's enduring mysteries. CERN are hoping to discover the composition of dark energy, the theoretically omnipresent force, which is said to account for the universe's increasing expansion.

The upgraded LHC will be able to conduct particle collisions at twice the speed of its previous incarnation. The rotations will start at a slow rate, before building to particle beams' with 13 trillion electrovolts of energy. The 27km (16.7 miles) LHC was first operational in 2008. In 2012 CERN had a major breakthrough when they discovered the elusive Higgs boson particle, a particle which helps to explain electromagnetic fields.

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European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) Engineers at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have upgraded and remodeled their particle accelerator in Meyrin, on the Swiss-French border, Sunday. Members of CERN were celebrating the first successful rotation of particles using the new connectors and detectors. CERN engineer Laurette Ponce was delighted with the preliminary tests, declaring them "already a big success." English based CERN engineer, Paul Collier, noted that despite the initial success CERN needed to "correct the beams trajectory to make the beam now do multiple turns."

The LHC works by sending beams containing particulars around a ring, in both directions, at just below the speed of light. When the upgraded LHC is ready the engineers will make the particles collide in enormous detectors, with the aim to discover new particles which could explain some of the universe's enduring mysteries. CERN are hoping to discover the composition of dark energy, the theoretically omnipresent force, which is said to account for the universe's increasing expansion.

The upgraded LHC will be able to conduct particle collisions at twice the speed of its previous incarnation. The rotations will start at a slow rate, before building to particle beams' with 13 trillion electrovolts of energy. The 27km (16.7 miles) LHC was first operational in 2008. In 2012 CERN had a major breakthrough when they discovered the elusive Higgs boson particle, a particle which helps to explain electromagnetic fields.

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