If you don’t follow the physicist world, you might be a little confused by the title of this post. Basically it’s a big deal. Scientists using the Large Hadron Collider have managed to take high-energy physics to a hole new level in their hopes of reaching the Higgs Boson (God Particle).
To obtain that main goal two achievements were successfully completed, the LHC was able to sustain a 7 TeV particle beam and then the first proton collides were reached at such high energy levels which sets a world record, probably not the most exciting record you’ll find in the Guinness Book if you don’t understand what it all means.
ATLAS spokesperson Fabiola Gianotti released the following statement:
“With these record-shattering collision energies, the LHC experiments are propelled into a vast region to explore, and the hunt begins for dark matter, new forces, new dimensions and the Higgs boson. The fact that the experiments have published papers already on the basis of last year’s data bodes very well for this first physics run.”
CERN expects to find some useful information in the next few days after all of the data has been analyzed. On a happy note, still no black holes created by the device, so at least they have that going for them.