Sep 10, 2008

Large Hadron Collider's First Test

On Wednesday the World's Largest Particle Collider successfully completed its first major test, by firing a beam of protons all the way around the 27 kilometer long tunnel at the Swiss-French border. This test will help scientists in understating the origins and evolution of the universe.

The first beam in the Large Hadron Collider at CERN1 was successfully steered around the full 27 km of the world’s most powerful particle accelerator at 10h28 of 10th September, 2008. The collider was designed to push the proton beam close to the speed of light, at a rate of 11,000 times a second around the tunnel. This historic event marks a key moment in the transition from over two decades of preparation to a new era of scientific discovery.

CERN, French acronym for the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is the world's leading laboratory for particle physics. It has its headquarters in Geneva. At present, its Member States are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. India, Israel, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United States of America, Turkey, the European Commission and UNESCO have Observer status.


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