GENEVA .- The experiments in which the large particle accelerator at the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN) collides lead ions have uncovered new information on the existing matter at the genesis of the universe.
“Less than three weeks after having launched three experiments to study collisions of lead ions in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), and there have been new discoveries,” said CERN today a statement.
These findings have provided new details on how matter would have been in the initial moments of the Universe’s life, a study called the “ALICE experiment,” which is one of the new detectors in the path of the accelerator.
The information recollection working with lead ions will continue until December 6, when the throttle, a huge underground 27 km circumference beneath the French-Swiss border will make a technical stop for service, before resuming the experiment in February 2011.
“It’s amazing how short time the experiments have taken to reach these results, which are very complex physics,” noted the CERN research director, Sergio Bertolucci.
Bertolucci is happy the three ongoing experiments will compete among themselves to see who publishes the results first, but at the same time they exchange information and work coordinatedly to compile a complete picture.
“It’s a beautiful example of how competition and collaboration emerge as a key factor in this research,” the scientist noted.
CERN reminded that with “these nuclear collisions, the LHC has become a fantastic Big Bang machine.