facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Europe mulling plans for huge, next-generation atom smasher

Feb. 19, 2014 at 4:52 PM   |   Comments

1 of 2
GENEVA, Switzerland, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Scientists at Europe's particle physics laboratory CERN say they're considering a successor to the world's largest, most powerful and expensive atom smasher.

The next-generation particle accelerator would be four times the size of CERN's current Large Hadron Collider, USA Today reported Wednesday.

The LHC was built in a circular, 15-mile underground tunnel under the Swiss/French border near Geneva at a cost of $5.6 billion. The proposed new atom smasher would live in a similar underground home, but this one would be 40 to 55 miles in circumference.

"Particle physics takes the long-term view," a CERN statement said. "Even though the LHC program is already well defined for the next two decades, the time has come to look even further ahead."

CERN has started a five-year exploratory study called the Future Circular Colliders Program focusing on the next-generation circular collider.

"We need to sow the seeds of tomorrow's technologies today, so that we are ready to take decisions in a few years' time," Frederick Bordry, CERN's director for accelerators and technology, said in a statement.

© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Next week's lunar eclipse may feature the color turquoise Next week's lunar eclipse may feature the color turquoise
2
"Man in the moon" likely caused by volcano, not astroid "Man in the moon" likely caused by volcano, not astroid
3
Apple releases fix for 'Shellshock' virus Apple releases fix for 'Shellshock' virus
4
35,000 walruses haul out of ocean, crowd Alaskan shore 35,000 walruses haul out of ocean, crowd Alaskan shore
5
Lamborghini reveals Asterion LPI-910, hybrid supercar that hits 199 mph and gets 57 mpg Lamborghini reveals Asterion LPI-910, hybrid supercar that hits 199 mph and gets 57 mpg
Trending News
x
Feedback