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Why Physics Needs, And Deserves, A Post-LHC Collider

8 Nov 2018, 15:01 UTC
Why Physics Needs, And Deserves, A Post-LHC Collider
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Accelerating particles in circles, bending them with magnets and colliding them with either high-energy particles or antiparticles, is one of the most powerful ways to probe for new physics in the Universe. To find what the LHC cannot, we must go to higher energies and/or higher precisions, which a bigger tunnel will absolutely deliver.(CERN / FCC STUDY)The Large Hadron Collider allowed us to complete the Standard Model. Even so, what we have is incomplete. Here’s what could come next.The Large Hadron Collider is the most powerful particle accelerator ever built by humanity. By achieving higher energies and greater numbers of collisions at those energies than ever before, we’ve pushed the frontiers of particle physics past their old boundaries. The achievements of the thousands of scientists who’ve built the LHC and its detectors, run the experiments, and collected and analyzed the data cannot be overstated.It’s best known for finding the Higgs boson, but nothing outside the Standard Model. Some even consider what the LHC has found disappointing, because we haven’t yet discovered any novel, unexpected particles. But this obscures the biggest truth in experimental science of any type: to truly know the fundamental nature of the Universe, you must ask it ...

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