Ten years after the discovery of the Higgs boson, the Large Hadron Collider is poised to begin slamming protons together at unprecedented energies in an effort to uncover more secrets of the cosmos.
After a three-year pause for improvements in preparation for its third run, the world’s largest and most powerful particle collider restarted in April.
The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) stated last week during a press briefing that the LHC would begin running around-the-clock for nearly four years at a record energy of 13.6 trillion electronvolts on Tuesday.
It will shoot two beams of protons in opposing directions at almost the speed of light around a 27-kilometer (17-mile) ring buried 100 metres beneath the Swiss-French border.
Thousands of scientists will record and analyse the collisions as part of an array of experiments, including ATLAS, CMS, ALICE, and LHCb, which will utilise the increased power to investigate dark matter, dark energy, and other basic mysteries.