Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The (Possible) Successor to the LHC: Meet the Very Large Hadron Collider

If you give a scientist a gadget, he’ll want a bigger gadget. This is why it has come as no surprise that scientists want to build the next generation of colliders. Modeled after the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), physicists now want to upgrade it and build a machine four times larger.

What clever name did scientists come up with to call the new collider? The Very Large Hadron Collider (VLHC). Let the wittiness of that name wash over you.

Unlike the International Linear Collider (AKA the ILC: very basic summery, a large collider expected to pick up where the LHC left off and is currently being built in Japan) the VLHC is mostly hypothetical. At the moment, there aren’t any real plans to build such a machine, we don’t have any proposed locations, or any international backing for the project. As Michael Peskin, a theoretical physicist at SLAC, said to a United States advisory panel in early November, “It’s only prudent to sketch a vision decades into the future.”

To read more about this vision, see:

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