CERN to resume search for "Big Bang" secrets
By STEPHANIE NEBEHAY & JONATHAN LYNN - REUTERS
Added: Tue, 23 Mar 2010 00:00:00 UTC
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The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), centered in a 27-kilometre (16.78 mile) circular underground tunnel beneath the French-Swiss border, began circulating particles last November after being shut down in September 2008 because of over-heating.
Twin beams are currently circulating at 3.5 tera-electron volts (TeV), the highest energy ever achieved, and will accelerate in coming days, according to the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).
"The first attempt for collisions at 7 TeV (3.5 TeV per beam) is scheduled for March 30," it said in a statement.
Rolf Heuer, CERN's Director-General, said: "It may take hours or even days to get collisions".
The multiple collisions at 7 TeV will each create mini-Big Bangs, producing data that thousands of scientists will analyze for years to come.
"Just lining the beams up is a challenge in itself: it's a bit like firing needles across the Atlantic and getting them to collide half way," said Steve Myers, CERN's director for accelerators and technology.
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