Monday, August 29, 2011

Brian Cox The Big Bang Machine

I captured this recent BBC repeat with the view to uploading it to Rapidshare, but a check on Youtube came up with the program.

I can't honestly say with which I was the most awestruck, the minds of those involved in the experiment or the size and complexity (and beauty) of apparatus itself.

Just one of the data facts given in the program that stuck with me, was the speed to which particles would be accelerated. Just short of the speed of light, or to put it in context relative to the collider itself, particles would travel around the 27 kilometre circumference, 11,000 times a second.

Lots of information here at CERNS LHC homepage, but do check out the other sections in the sidebar. It is, at the risk of repeating myself, awesome.

Somewhere in the archives I have an elusive post with a link to the Boston Globe's superb collection of LHC photographs. No matter, here is a direct link to that set, and to a later set here.

H/T Striden12 for the upload.

Cern's Youtube channel.

BBC: Professor Brian Cox visits Geneva to take a look around Cern's Large Hadron Collider before this vast, 27km long machine is sealed off and a simulation experiment begins to try and create the conditions that existed just a billionth of a second after the Big Bang. Cox joins the scientists who hope that the LHC will change our understanding of the early universe and solve some of its mysteries.

A short time lapse film showing construction of the LHC.

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