A travelling exhibition showcasing the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest science experiment, featuring a life-size “walk-in” replica of the machine itself, as well as numerous exhibits that explain the science behind the project.
The LHC is ready to restart, and in order to prevent future problems, our engineers developed a “Quench Protection System” (QPS), which can detect anomalies and safely stop the accelerator protecting its magnets.
In late November, the Large Hadron Collider outside Geneva had its first successful test since scaring the world when the on switch was flipped back in September 2008. Contrary to doomsday predictions, collisions of proton beams in the LHC at CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire), an international physics research center also known as the European Organization for Nuclear Research, have not caused the end of the world. They have caused a stir among physicists, many of whom would consider Jeremy a very lucky doctoral student; he has been working at CERN since July 2008, and has witnessed the switching on, switching off, and switching back on of the LHC.
Robert Sawyer’s novel FlashForward is currently being transformed into a big budget ABC TV series. Sawyer’s story follows a research team using the particle accelerator at CERN in pursuit of the elusive Higgs Boson, a theoretical subatomic particle. But instead of finding the Higgs, the consciousness of the entire human race is thrown ahead by twenty-one years.