LHC will be twice as powerful collider will stop for two years to modernize

The Large Hadron Collider will be shut down by 2015. During this time, upgrading it, after which the LHC will be twice as powerful than now.

"Operation completed in 2012. Meet again briefly in 2013, during a session of the proton-nucleus collisions. Proton-proton collisions at high energies will resume in 2015," — said in a statement on the online status monitor collider, posted on the website of the LHC. "So long and thanks for the fish" — joked scholars, quoting a phrase from the book by Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ", which in this book is utter Dolphins leaving Earth.

Before Collider finally stops, it will be carried out another experiment, from 14 January to 10 February 2013 with the help collide protons and nuclei of lead. After that, the LHC will begin to modernize.

In 2015, through upgrading the total energy proton collisions will increase from the current 8 TeV to 14 TeV. As a result, scientists can conduct more sophisticated experiments, such as the production of the Higgs boson. In addition, it will strengthen the ability to search for "new physics" — theoretical developments that are needed to explain the shortcomings of the standard model, such as the origin of mass, the asymmetry of matter and antimatter, the origin of dark matter and dark energy.

Launch of the Large Hadron Collider in 2008 has generated a wave of fear — it was feared that the work of the LHC could destroy the planet. However, such dire predictions have not come true, and this year, scientists using the collider found traces of a new particle that that may be the legendary Higgs boson.

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