Everyone's favorite mega-machine, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, is meant to help humans some of the most basic questions about the nature of our world. How it goes about this is—in a word—complex. But part of it involves a bit of good old-fashioned (kind of) photography. Read more...
During their first run, experiments at the Large Hadron Collider rediscovered 50 years' worth of physics research in a single month. In 2010, the brand-spanking-new CMS and ATLAS detectors started taking data for the first time. ButShow More Summary
A group of scientists who started at particle physics experiments move their careers to the final frontier. As a member of the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, Ryan Rios spent 2007 to 2012 surrounded by fellow physicists. Now,...Show More Summary
The Large Hadron Collider is not only a particle collider of awe-inspiring power capable of revealing the atomic connections underlying our basic reality — it's also the inspiration for this charming Lego build from a CERN scientist, which includes all four particle detectors. Read more...
After a two-year hiatus, the Large Hadron Collider will restart soon, twice as strong and with some "dark" mysteries to unlock
The world's largest particle collider is gearing up for another run of smashing particles together at nearly the speed of light. After a two-year hiatus for upgrades, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will restart this year, and is expected...Show More Summary
The Nobel Prize-winning discovery of the Higgs boson -- the 'God particle' believed responsible for all the mass in the universe -- took place in 2012 at CERN's Large Hadron Collider. The first hint of Higgs was inspired by the study...Show More Summary
Excitement is mounting at the world’s largest proton smasher, where scientists are close to launching a superpowered hunt for particles that may change our understanding of the Universe. Physicists and engineers are running the final checks after a two-year upgrade that nearly doubled the...
CERN is pimping some images of its newly renovated Large Hadron Collider today. It's an exciting upgrade for particle physics, but it also reminds me of the very first time CERN pimped some images on the web. In fact, CERN scientists pimped the very first image on the web nearly a quarter century ago. Read more...
The world’s most powerful particle accelerator — the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) — is scheduled to restart in March of 2015, after a two year hiatus for repairs and upgrades (and data analysis). The machine is located at CERN (in Switzerland) the largest and most prestigious high energy physics laboratory in the world. Show More Summary
The most powerful particle accelerator on Earth soon will reawaken for its second run. Scientists explain how the upgraded capabilities of the Large Hadron Collider and its experiments will give access to a previously inaccessible realm of physics.
The Large Hadron Collider gears up for restart. The most powerful particle accelerator on Earth has been asleep for the past two years. Soon it will reawaken for its second run. Since shutting down in early 2013, the LHC and its detectors have undergone a multitude of upgrades and repairs. Show More Summary
Superfluids have many extraordinary properties. One of them is called "second sound" even though it doesn't have anything to do with sound waves. It does have something to do with making the Large Hadron Collider work, though. Find out why. Read more...
Make a cloud chamber and watch fundamental particles zip through your living room! The scale of the detectors at the Large Hadron Collider is almost incomprehensible: They weigh thousands of tons, contain millions of detecting elements...Show More Summary
This afternoon, I gave my usual spiel about Quantum Computing and the Limits of the Efficiently Computable at the CERN Colloquium. Beforehand, Dana and I got to join a tour of the CMS detector at the Large Hadron Collider—one of the very last tours, before CMS shuts down (as ATLAS already has) to get ready for collisions at the LHC’s new, […]
There is no shortage of superlatives that can be applied to the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, though many are strange and unusual. For a start, the huge underground device, which batters beams of protons into each other at colossal energies, can fairly claim to be the coolest place on Earth....
The Large Hadron Collider is now cooled to nearly its operational temperature. The Large Hadron Collider isn’t just a cool particle accelerator. It's the coldest. Last week the cryogenics team at CERN finished filling the eight curved sections of the LHC with liquid helium. Show More Summary
The Large Hadron Collider at CERN is once again getting ready to smash protons together, hoping to find evidence of elusive and exotic particles that have never been detected before.
An anomaly spotted at the Large Hadron Collider has prompted scientists to reconsider a mathematical description of the underlying physics. By considering two forces that are distinct in everyday life but unified under extreme conditions, they have simplified one description of the interactions of elementary particles. Show More Summary
A first set of superconducting magnets has passed the test and is ready for the Large Hadron Collider to restart in spring. This week, one-eighth of the LHC dipole magnets reached the energy they’ll need to operate in 2015. Engineers at CERN powered 154 superconducting magnets to a current of around 11,000 amps. Show More Summary