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The LHC: or how the world's largest experiment can investigate matter's smallest constituents

Tara Shears discusses how the Large Hadron Collider will help expand the frontiers of our knowledge further than ever.

Deep beneath the Swiss countryside, final touches are being made to the world’s largest piece of scientific equipment – the Large Hadron Collider (or LHC for short). The LHC is the most powerful particle accelerator ever built. It is capable of recreating the very energetic conditions last seen in the universe a billionth of a second after the Big Bang, and allows particle physicists to study the fundamental ingredients of matter that the universe was formed of at the time. Amazingly, it will do this 40 million times a second, and use enormous high tech experiments to record what happens.

Why would we want to go to such lengths to explore the structure of matter? Dr Tara Shears will discuss how the LHC will help scientists discover more about the nature of matter and expand the frontiers of our knowledge further than ever.


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Date and Time:

21 June 2007 at 6:30 pm


1 hour



The Royal Society
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