Large Hadron Collider hiatus sets stage for more discovery (Update)

Jan 04, 2013
A person stands in front of the huge ATLAS detector, one of six detectors that are part of the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva. (Credit: Maximilien Brice, CERN)

The world's largest and most powerful atom smasher goes into a 2-year hibernation in March, as engineers carry out a revamp to help it reach maximum energy levels that could lead to more stunning discoveries following the detection of the so-called "God particle."

With the reopening of its $10 billion proton collider in early 2015, the stage will be set for observing more rare phenomena—and unlocking more mysteries, said James Gillies, chief spokesman for the European particle physics laboratory known as CERN.

The Large Hadron Collider under the Swiss-French border will operate for two more months then shut down through 2014, allowing engineers to lay thousands more superconducting cables aimed at bringing the machine up to "full design energy," Gillies told The Associated Press on Friday.

Physicists at the European Center for Nuclear Research, known by its French acronym CERN, won't exactly be idle as the collider takes a break. There are still reams more data to sift through since the July discovery of a new subatomic particle called the Higgs boson—dubbed the "God particle—which promises a new realm of understanding of the universe.

For the next two months, the Large Hadron Collider will be smashing protons with lead ions, then undergo several weeks of testing before it shuts down. The collider launched in September 2008, but had to be switched off just nine days later when a badly soldered electrical splice overheated, causing extensive damage to the massive magnets and other parts of the collider some 300 feet (100 meters) below the ground.

It cost $40 million to repair and improve the machine. Since its restart in November 2009, the collider has performed almost flawlessly and the power produced has been ramped up to ever-new record levels, creating a treasure trove of new data to sift through.

In this March 30 2010 file picture s cientist of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN, react in the SMS experiment control room at their headquarter outside Geneva, Switzerland. The world's largest and most powerful atom smasher goes into a 2-year hibernation in March 2013 , aiming to reach maximum energy levels that may lead to more stunning discoveries after hunting down the so-called "God particle. But physicists at the European Center for Nuclear Research, known by its French acronym CERN, won't exactly be idle as the US $10 billion proton collider goes on hiatus for maintenance and retooling -- in preparation for unlocking more mysteries. There are still reams more data to sift through since the July discovery of a new subatomic particle called a Higgs boson and promises a new realm of understanding in subatomic science. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

But because of the 2008 accident, the collider could only run at an energy level far below what it was designed to do. To fix that, Gillies said, engineers over the next two years will install 10,000 redesigned superconducting cables that connect between the magnets. That will vastly improve its capacity to simulate the moments after the Big Bang nearly 14 billion years ago.

"It will bring you more collisions. Which means that the more collisions you have, the more likely you are to see rare events," he said. "The Higgs particle was just one of many on the wish list that we'd like to find, so higher energy increases your discovery potential."

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Frostiken
3 / 5 (16) Jan 04, 2013
Can we finally drop the monicker 'god particle'? It was a little nickname made up by bored theoretical physicists based on its role in the Unified Theory, it doesn't have anything to do with any actual 'god', and constantly referring to it adds nothing of value to any article as such.

The worst part is, they call it the 'god particle' more often than they even explain why the boson is important and what it does, so anyone who doesn't specifically know about it is going to think it has to do with Creationism, or religion being real, or something equally ridiculous.
rah
2.6 / 5 (10) Jan 05, 2013
Correct. It's called the God Particle because it did, as everyone knows by now, confirm the vast majority of what was written in the Old Testament, but because the scientist have not had a chance to clarify a second signal coming in at around 125 GEV, physicists are not able to yet confirm that the New Testament has been verified. That will likely have to wait until the LHC re-opens in 2015. I hope that helps.
Egleton
2.1 / 5 (7) Jan 05, 2013
This poor tired old brain cannot understand how this particle creates mass out of no mass. (Energy out of no energy.)
The best that I can do is that we will be able to detect a predicted field that (somehow) is responsible for inertia.
Still. Not bad for an Ape.
ValeriaT
1.8 / 5 (5) Jan 05, 2013
Can we finally drop the monicker 'god particle'?
Why it should be called a Higgs boson, if the Higgs was only one of seven to eight physicists, who contributed to this prediction? The correct name should be rather ABEGHHK'tH boson (for Anderson, Brout, Englert, Guralnik, Hagen, Higgs, Kibble and 't Hooft), but it sounds mentally unhealthy. Big Bang is not scientific denomination neither and it works.
johanfprins
2.1 / 5 (14) Jan 05, 2013
This poor tired old brain cannot understand how this particle creates mass out of no mass. (Energy out of no energy.)
Still. Not bad for an Ape.


You are not an ape: I wish they would stop lying by claiming that they have detected the Higgs "particle". It is deliberate misinformation to ask for more money to be thrown down this black-hole at CERN.

There EXISTS NO PROOF WHATSOEVER, that the "blimp" they have seen at CERN is responsible for mass and there is no experiment possible to prove that this is so. Thus the conclusion that it is so, is based on a model that "is not even wrong"!
ValeriaT
1 / 5 (10) Jan 05, 2013
This poor tired old brain cannot understand how this particle creates mass out of no mass
In dense aether model the Higgs bosons corresponds density fluctuations of vacuum. These density fluctuations actually exist at all scales. They're rather manifestation of massive character of vacuum, rather than the source of matter itself.
There exist no proof whatsoever, that the "blimp" they have seen at CERN is responsible for mass
In science you cannot have proof for anything, only evidence. There are many evidences, that the Higgs boson found shares its characteristics with Standard Model. We know from parity measurement, it's boson, not fermion. It's mostly the rather specific (SM's) way, in which the Higgs boson is detected. It manifests itself with peak at the energy spectrum during decay of many very different particles. No other particle should behave in this way, in particularly not within SM.
Yenaldlooshi
4.4 / 5 (7) Jan 05, 2013
The Worlds most expensive Pizza oven.
avengers
2.1 / 5 (7) Jan 05, 2013
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omerbashich
2.6 / 5 (10) Jan 05, 2013
"...since the July discovery of a new subatomic particle called the Higgs boson—dubbed the "God particle—which promises a new realm of understanding of the universe."

Discovery?! So you let 6 months go by since the report that "something might have been found", and you begin calling it the discovery? Another "Let's play dumb" game, as with Einstein's lunacy when his opposition (Tesla, Jeffreys...) was ignored in the same manner. Mr. Higgs's name was not called by Nobel Committee. But with all tax-tit suckers aka particle physicists ft. military complex, 1 year is long enough to twist the Committee's arm, so you can expect a new "super Anglo" to fetch yet another undeserved Nobel. To "find" that which is supposedly omnipresent, at the rate of just once in 2x10^16 events, at whatever sigma, is wishful thinking at best. Only PhD students believe the fairytale; journalists have no choice. What a joke, a theory that's knocked by a single Q: What gave mass to "Higgs boson"? Schmuck's hoson!
omerbashich
2.7 / 5 (7) Jan 05, 2013
In dense aether model the Higgs bosons corresponds density fluctuations of vacuum. These density fluctuations (...) are rather manifestation of massive character of vacuum, rather than the source of matter itself...

No one knows what vacuum/aether is. Furthermore, "dense..." means a constraint, so forget the absolute.

In science you cannot have proof for anything, only evidence.

In the material world we happen to live in, you don't prove a theory in theory.

You start with some observations of a natural phenomenon based on data. Then you conceptualize why the phenomenon appears the way it does. Then you prove the concept by it making successful predictions. Then you earn the right to call it a scientific theory.

Higgs's "theory" starts with a concept based not on data but on existing model. It dodges conceptualization while making wild guesses, and ends up with the absolute prediction.

When we move to an imaginary world, his way is the way science should work.
vacuum-mechanics
1 / 5 (6) Jan 05, 2013
Physicists at the European Center for Nuclear Research … There are still reams more data to sift through since the July discovery of a new subatomic particle called the Higgs boson—dubbed the "God particle—which promises a new realm of understanding of the universe.

It seems that most people (except professional) could not understand what the God particle is! Maybe this paper could help to visualize how God create the particle.
http://www.vacuum...=9〈=en
johanfprins
2.5 / 5 (8) Jan 06, 2013
@ omerbashich

You are a breath of fresh air!

Some advice: It is a useless waste of valuable time to even try and argue physics with ValeriaT.
ValeriaT
1 / 5 (9) Jan 06, 2013
Furthermore, "dense..." means a constraint, so forget the absolute.
"Dense" aether means, that the light is spreading through it in transverse instead of longitudinal waves, so it cannot suffer with aether drag. Regarding the Higgs bosons, your opinions don't contain any logical arguments, just negativist claims - so I've nothing to oppose with. In AWT the Higgs boson mass is the same manifestation of aether, like the mass of any other particles, including photons and dark matter. It doesn't use Higgs for anything. I've no reason to adore the concept of Higgs field and to replace the aether model with it, neither to deny the existence of Higgs boson.
Whydening Gyre
1 / 5 (6) Jan 06, 2013
Correct. It's called the God Particle because it did, as everyone knows by now, confirm the vast majority of what was written in the Old Testament, but because the scientist have not had a chance to clarify a second signal coming in at around 125 GEV, physicists are not able to yet confirm that the New Testament has been verified. That will likely have to wait until the LHC re-opens in 2015. I hope that helps.

Crap! Now I'm gonna have to read the dang thing to understand your corellation... Prob'ly take me til 2015...
omerbashich
2.7 / 5 (7) Jan 06, 2013
Furthermore, "dense..." means a constraint, so forget the absolute.
"Dense" aether means (blah blah) Regarding the Higgs bosons, your opinions don't contain any logical arguments, just negativist claims - so I've nothing to oppose with.(blah blah).

Who cares what it means physically, for I merely pointed out that "dense..." as in your sentence (not as a physical quantity) meant "constraining something with something". Sometimes you don't have to go into physics, you know. Oh boy...

The negation WAS my argument. He has no scientific theory, period. That's the point. They were mumbling about "-Higgs boson giving mass to everything" for years. But after the July Failure, they changed the record. Now their song goes something like this: "-You know folks, Higgs is actually embedded in the vacuum energy itself as it borrows from it". I call that physics with an infinity twist. Some call it cheating, except when billions are at stake when they call it physics Nobel Prize.
omerbashich
2.3 / 5 (6) Jan 07, 2013
@ omerbashich

You are a breath of fresh air!

Some advice: It is a useless waste of valuable time to even try and argue physics with ValeriaT.

Thanks.

Thanks again. I honestly never ever look at who writes something, but always try to counter their claim with arguments. If I can't, I admit I lost the argument. Only then do I look who's writing.

This article screamed for a counter argument. How can science writers be so dumb as they seem to when writing about most fundamental problems? How did the mankind get this low...
johanfprins
2 / 5 (8) Jan 07, 2013
This article screamed for a counter argument. How can science writers be so dumb as they seem to when writing about most fundamental problems? How did the mankind get this low...


It started in 1927 in Belgium when pompous farts (POF's) hijacked theoretical physics. They succeeded in becoming pompous old farts (POOF's) and we have been left with a stinking mess called "Quantum Field Theory": POEF!!!

Thank God there has also been Solid State Physicists and Theoretical Chemists who used Schroedinger's equation without worrying about the interpretation. If it were not for the latter scientists NOTHING worthwhile would have come from Quantum Mechanics.
omerbashich
2.6 / 5 (5) Jan 09, 2013
You mean like the Wineland's 2012 Nobel prize:
"HOW WINELAND & HAROCHE STOLE MY DISCOVERY (AND GOT 2012 PHYSICS NOBEL PRIZE FOR IT...)"

https://sites.goo...ci#Nobel
johanfprins
2.7 / 5 (7) Jan 09, 2013
You mean like the Wineland's 2012 Nobel prize:
"HOW WINELAND & HAROCHE STOLE MY DISCOVERY (AND GOT 2012 PHYSICS NOBEL PRIZE FOR IT...)"

https://sites.goo...ci#Nobel


It looks bad! If you are correct, and it seems that you most probably are; physics really needs a far greater shake-up than I ever expected!
omerbashich
2.3 / 5 (6) Jan 09, 2013
You mean like the Wineland's 2012 Nobel prize:
"HOW WINELAND & HAROCHE STOLE MY DISCOVERY (AND GOT 2012 PHYSICS NOBEL PRIZE FOR IT...)"

https://sites.goo...ci#Nobel


It looks bad! If you are correct, and it seems that you most probably are; physics really needs a far greater shake-up than I ever expected!

Thanks for sharing that point. I have to agree, since I learned the hardest way.

Maybe Gov's profilers thought I'd behave same as my fellow countryman Tesla, and forgive my robbers? Ouch...

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