So, yesterday in Switzerland, a bunch of subatomic particles busted out a lap around the largest, most powerful particle accelerator ever conceived by us tiny humans.
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is up and running, but it’s not the only project testing the vast limits of scientific discovery. Japan’s Large Helical Device has some fancy nuclear fusion experiments going on as well.
The projects are amazing, but what’s truly spectacular is the design that has gone into these magnificent creations. Take a look.
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC)
After a few billion dollars and years of construction, the Large Hadron Collider is 17 miles long, to make those protons pop, and 100 meters deep, to keep that slightly potent radiation away from those with sensitive skin. It’s located in Geneva, Switzerland at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) laboratory.
More on the LHC
Princton.edu Large Hadron Collider design & construction report
Has the Large Hadron Collider destroyed the World Yet.com
Cern Experiment: Machine switched on. No Big Bang. It works.
The Large Helical Device
The Large Helical Device confines hot plasma using a ‘heliotron magnetic fields’ to control a nuclear fusion reaction. It’s just massive, super-conducting and yet quite a bit stronger than double-baggin’ that stuff.