Around a month back, we were talking about the big machines in the world of science. The $8 billion Large Hadron Collider that is in actual a particle accelerator is slated to circulate the first beams in November 2007 at low energy in a test run while the collisions at high energy are expected by the midst of 2008.
The project that has been in making for the last 13 years will be completed in August this year. The gigantic circular tunnel that measures 17 miles in circumference is intended to smash protons onto each other at exceptionally high alacrity in a view to photocopy in miniature the events of the Big Bang.
'How matter was created and what gives mass to matter?'
Physicists hope the Large Hadron Collider to give answer to this complex question. Moreover, world's leading physicists are anticipating the next big machine named International Linear Collider, which is a huge multibillion-dollar installation that would work on the leads engendered by the LHC.
Nobel laureate Burton Richter of Stanford University commented:
We're in the middle of a particle physics revolution. The next 10 to 15 years will answer many questions and raise new ones.
The physicists are hoping for the International Linear Collider to be operational by 2012 if the project gets financial support from around the world. For now, we need to sit back a while to see what the Large Hadron Collider will reveal to the world in the month of November.