CERN Particle Collider is now 10 Times Brighter, Stronger, and Scarier

On Friday, CERN, the strange European physics research center known for experimenting with atomic particles and doing things that people fear may tear a hole in-between dimensions did something.

They launched an upgrade of the facility’s notorious Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which happens to be six years after the particle accelerator was used to “solve an enduring riddle” and confirm the Higgs boson to actually exist, a particle that used to only be theoretical in nature.

Now, the luminosity or brightness of experiments conducted at CERN, proton-smashing experiments that could have completely unknown implications for forces of our universe and Earth that we don’t even understand, will be increased ten-fold.

“This will allow us to address new questions, the outstanding questions in fundamental physics, with more opportunity to find answers,” CERN Director-General Fabiola Gianotti said.

The CERN collider is really a 17 mile (27 km) long “ring” beneath the border of Switzerland and France.

So now, the collisions performed at CERN will be brighter and will therefore increase the actual number of particle collisions by 10 times. According to Reuters:

“Staff said the overhaul will boost the “luminosity” of proton-smashing experiments at the LHC, a 27-km (17-mile) ring under the Swiss-French border, increasing the number of particle collisions tenfold and producing a clearer picture of the sub-atomic world. ”

There was an opening ceremony for the upgrade. Could it have been anything like this insane spectacle that has people so weirded out by CERN and Switzerland in general, the opening ceremony for the Swiss Gotthard Tunnel?

A lot is being spent on this upgrade, 950 million Swiss francs which is equivalent to $953 million dollars.

It is being said that this upgrade will allow CERN to do as much gathering of data about particle collisions annually, every year, than the amount of data it has collected about that since the project started functioning in 2010.

So whatever you theorize CERN is actually doing if it’s more than this, they will probably be doing more of that.

The purpose of the upgrade seems to be a mission to focus the beams of the protons that are violently smashed together, increased luminosity and more frequent collisions, therefore more chances of spotting some atomic anomaly.

This is where it gets weird. Officials say that last year, the Large Hadron Collider produced 3 million Higgs bosons, that particle they managed to produce that was once theoretical. The theoretical particle is supposed to answer the question of physics that asks, why does matter have mass.

After the upgrade is complete, according to CERN the Large Hadron Collider will be capable of making somewhere around 15 million Higgs bosons per year. They say this will allow physicicsts to study the particles, but one should wonder whetehr or not there are other purposes for these atoms that we aren’t aware of.

For some reason Canada’s government is eager to support this technology. There’s really no practical use for a particle accelerator, one that doesn’t influence world power?

According to Tech Vibes:

“With the help of a government investment, Canadian tech and research is going to be a part of one of the most important scientific advancements in the last 25 years.

The Canadian government has announced a $10 million investment into the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) located at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland. The LHC is the most powerful particle accelerator in the world. Along with this investment, experts at Vancouver’s TRIUMF lab will lead production of key elements for the accelerator as part of a $2 million in-kind contribution.”

The upgrade to CERN was compared to the analogy of replacing a 60 watt bedside table lamp with an industrial floodlight. They also say that the study of “Dark Matter” will be aided by this new upgrade.

“For me personally, solving the mystery of the dark matter of the universe would be something great,” the CERN leader continued. “Of course it would be fantastic to produce the dark matter particle in the collision of LHC beams.”

Is there a different reason why people with money are obsessed with dark matter?

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