Thursday, April 1, 2010

First high-energy collisions carried out in Geneva

A scientist of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN, celebrates with champagne

Wild whooping and cheering broke out as scientists celebrated the “dawn of a
new era” of physics yesterday with the first high-energy collisions at the
Large Hadron Collider.

In the moments after the images of collisions were beamed into each of the
four LHC control rooms, physicists of all ages and nationalities hugged each
other, jumped up and down and popped champagne corks.

On the third attempt scientists watching the event live from around the world
described it as an “historic moment” marking the first step towards
addressing some of the deepest mysteries in physics. “We are going where
nobody has been before. We have opened a new territory for physics,” said
Oliver Buchmueller, a senior CERN scientist.

Betting has already begun on what will be the first discovery at the LHC, with
the Irish bookmaker PaddyPower making dark matter the 11-10 favourite,
followed by black holes at 8-1 and dark energy at 12-1. God remains the
100-1 outsider.

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