About The Large Hadron Collider (LHC)

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN will become the world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator. Its main purpose is to explore the validity and limitations of the standard model, the current theoretical picture for particle physics. Concerns, however, have been raised regarding the safety of the LHC on the grounds that it might produce dangerous phenomena, including micro black holes.
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What is the LHC, or Large Hadron Collider?
The Large Hadron Collider is a particle accelerator complex spanning the border between Switzerland and France near Geneva. LHC will smash together opposing beams of either protons or lead ions inside a massive circular accelerator.
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Recreating the Big Bang?

With the start of the Large Hadron Collider coming closer, the topic is present in the media more than ever. A commonly used motivation is the alleged recreation of the Big Bang

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The LHC is not a Big Bang machine. It is more accurate to say that with the heavy ion program at the LHC we will be able to create conditions closer to that in the early universe than ever before.

[1] For extensive explanation why it is implausible the LHC will cause the end of the world, see: Black Holes at the LHC - The CERN Safety report, Black Holes at the LHC - again, and Black Holes at the LHC - What can happen?
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Brian Cox: What really goes on at the Large Hadron Collider
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