According to physicists, the world’s most powerful particle accelerator is now looking for the “glue” that links our solar system, galaxies, and clusters of galaxies together.
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), operated by the Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire (CERN) and located near Geneva on the French-Swiss border, had been closed for modifications.
Physicists believe that the beam collision beneath the Earth’s surface will help in their almost 100-year-old search for dark matter, which they believe to be five times more common than regular matter in the universe.
“Theoretical physics’ biggest conundrum is dark matter. As it is a challenge for both astrophysicists and particle physicists, I call it an ‘astroparticle’ puzzle. Dr. Rohini Godbole, Honorary Professor at the Indian Institute of Science stated
According to CERN, dark matter is extremely difficult to detect since it does not absorb, reflect, or emit light. Therefore, we can only assume its presence by its gravitational influence on visible matter.
Since the Covid-19 outbreak shut it down over three years ago, the Large Hadron Collider has undergone major upgrades, allowing it to run at higher energies and provide significantly more data than before.
In order for the tests to be successfully conducted at a record energy of 13.6 trillion electronvolts, mechanical experts are working day and night to incrementally recommission the machine and ramp up the beam’s strength and energy until it provides collision to the tests at a record energy of 13.6 trillion electronvolts.