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The Large Hadron Collider: Track 1

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To mark the re-launch of the Large Hadron Collider, the world's most powerful particle accelerator, this album examines how an accelerator works, why the LHC failed in 2008 and what scientists hope its high-energy collisions will reveal. The audio tracks feature Dr Stephen Serjeant and Dr David Broadhurst from The Open University and Dr Dan Faircloth and Dr Bruce Kennedy from the Science and Technology Facilities Council's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. They share their passion for this immense machine that will recreate, on a tiny scale, conditions that existed just after the Big Bang. It is hoped the LHC will provide a glimpse of the theoretical Higgs boson and explain the origin of mass. It may also discover a new family of supersymmetric particles and provide an insight into the nature of dark matter. Looking to the future, there is a sneak preview of the LHC upgrade plans, and a particle accelerator of the future, the Next Linear Collider.

By: The OpenLearn team (The Open University,)

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Track 1: The Large Hadron Collider

An introduction to this album

© The Open University 2009

Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 The Large Hadron Collider    An introduction to this album Play now The Large Hadron Collider
2 The world's most complicated machine    A basic description of what the LHC is, how particle collisions will be detected and what physicists hope to discover Play now The world's most complicated machine
3 The re-launch of the LHC    An explosion in the beam tunnel caused a major setback. Accelerator scientists examine what went wrong and outline how the beam gathers speed, ready for collision Play now The re-launch of the LHC
4 The legacy of the LHC    The next generation Super Luminosity LHC is already in planning. But, in the future, the SLHC may be eclipsed by the Next Linear Collider Play now The legacy of the LHC




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