August 15, 2013

Build Particle Accelerator on the Moon

Ethan Siegel, Starts with a Bang!

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As you probably know, the Large Hadron Collider — site of discovery of the last fundamental particle in the Standard Model, the Higgs Boson — is the most energetic particle accelerator in the history of humankind. When the upgrades it’s currently undergoing are complete, it will reach collision energies of 14 TeV.

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BIG science tends to get bigger with time. The first modern particle accelerator, Ernest Lawrence’s cyclotron, was 10cm across and thus fitted comfortably on a benchtop. It cost (admittedly at 1932 prices) $25. Its latest... more ››