The Quantum Frontier: The Large Hadron Collider

The Quantum Frontier: The Large Hadron Collider

by Don Lincoln
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801891442

ISBN-13: 9780801891441

Pub. Date: 02/04/2009

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

The highest-energy particle accelerator ever built, the Large Hadron Collider runs under the border between France and Switzerland. It leapt into action on September 10, 2008, amid unprecedented global press coverage and widespread fears that its energy would create tiny black holes that could destroy the earth.

By smashing together particles smaller than atoms,

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Overview

The highest-energy particle accelerator ever built, the Large Hadron Collider runs under the border between France and Switzerland. It leapt into action on September 10, 2008, amid unprecedented global press coverage and widespread fears that its energy would create tiny black holes that could destroy the earth.

By smashing together particles smaller than atoms, the LHC recreates the conditions hypothesized to have existed just moments after the big bang. Physicists expect it to aid our understanding of how the universe came into being and to show us much about the standard model of particle physics—even possibly proving the existence of the mysterious Higgs boson. In exploring what the collider does and what it might find, Don Lincoln explains what the LHC is likely to teach us about particle physics, including uncovering the nature of dark matter, finding micro black holes and supersymmetric particles, identifying extra dimensions, and revealing the origin of mass in the universe.

Thousands of physicists from around the globe will have access to the LHC, none of whom really knows what outcomes will be produced by the $7.7 billion project. Whatever it reveals, the results arising from the Large Hadron Collider will profoundly alter our understanding of the cosmos and the atom and stimulate amateur and professional scientists for years to come.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801891441
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
02/04/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
783,638
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

1 What we know : the standard model 4

2 What we guess : theories we want to test 23

3 How we do it : the large hadron collider 67

4 How we see it : the enormous detectors 96

5 Where we're going : the big picture, the universe, and the future 136

Epilogue 163

Suggested reading 165

Index 169

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