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CERN completes transition to lead-ion running at the LHC

Four days is all it took for the LHC operations team at CERN to complete the transition from protons to lead ions in the LHC. After extracting the final proton beam of 2010 on 4 November, commissioning the lead-ion beam was underway by early afternoon. First collisions were recorded at 00:30 CET on 7 November, and stable running conditions marked the start of physics with heavy ions at 11:20 CET today.

“The speed of the transition to lead ions is a sign of the maturity of the LHC,” said CERN Director General Rolf Heuer. “The machine is running like clockwork after just a few months of routine operation.”

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Origin of the Universe

Humans have always sought to understand the origin of the Universe, and the origin of Consciousness. How did the Universe originate? How did consciousness originate? Was consciousness there from the beginning, or did it evolve out of something else? Ever since man stared at the stars above, these questions have persisted.

Discussing the origin of the Universe at first glance may seem like it is quite remote from healing, but in fact the topics are strongly linked.

Let your imagination take you on a trip to what we can visualize as the beginning of time and space, before the Big Bang. All that existed was the most reduced state of energy, constantly flowing in a seemingly random fashion, yet synchronized at some level. This reduced state of energy had been flowing for an infinite amount of time prior to the Big Bang. With no physical matter present, there was only an infinite amount of empty space with energy rippling through it.

Empty space is not really empty at all. Even in a vacuum cooled to near absolute zero, there are still vast amounts of energy within that space. Scientists have theorized that there is enough energy in empty space the size of a cup, to boil all the oceans on earth. These are quantum fluctuations, or spontaneous movements of energy in empty space. Energy is present in the form of waves, meaning it ripples like water in a pond, except in all directions.

Ripples or quantum fluctuations of energy have an effect on each other. Random pulses of energy interact as they bounce off or intersect with each other. Imagine watching ripples in a pond during a rainstorm. Sometimes the ripples converge and form a larger ripple. Eventually these energy fluctuations accumulate at intersections thereby increasing the concentration of energy in a specific area.

When these ripples converge, this can result in the waves “amplifying” each other. If this happens, you then have a region of space with a higher concentration of energy. With a higher concentration of energy you have a heightened probability of a particle being manifested from the energy in empty space. This increases the prob­ability of a quantum particle being manifested from energy fluctuations. Eventually a certain frequency hits the concentrated area, which causes energy to compress, and a quantum particle is created. This instantaneously ini­tiated the Big Bang. As this all occurred at once, it could be more accurately said that we are all from a common energy rather than a particle. I refer to this as a particle for simplicity of understanding.

How can something come from nothing? For some reason, a lot of people tend to arbitrarily classify matter as being something and energy as being nothing. This of course could not be further from the truth. Matter is simply energy when it is broken down (E=MC2). It has been mathematically proven how a particle can be manifested from the energy fluctuations in empty space. Recently scientists have managed to generate a particle solely out of this energy. It is therefore completely possible for matter to manifest from this energy. The prob­ability of these quantum fluctuations lining up in this specific way, which produces matter, is infinitesimally small but there was an infinite amount of time prior to this event.

When the fluctuations intersected in a specific way, the first quantum particle was created and instantly the Big Bang occurred. The origin of the Universe is a natural process evolving from the first particle. Every particle in the entire Universe originated from this common energy.

The mechanism that initiated and drove the Big Bang is actually quite simple. With the manifestation of the first particle, there was the beginning of gravitational force. This gravity pulls in more energy, which manifests more particles. As the number of particles increases, so does the gravitational pull, thus pulling in even more energy.

The initiation of the Big Bang chain reaction was not a “particle”, but was simply quantum energy fluctuations that somehow slightly manipulated the space/time continuum. With the correct conditions, this allowed the cre­ation of the first quantum particle. All matter is simply energy oriented in a way so that it forms a “bend” in the space/time continuum, which essentially is a playing field for matter as it follows the bends in space/time also known as gravity.

Gravity does not pull in the energy directly. Time passes slower around a gravitational field and therefore energy leaves the region of space slower than energy flows in. Although the first singularity may have been a subatomic particle, this small gravitational field was enough to initiate these events because prior to this point there was no gravitational field.

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Cern LHC the Large Hadron Collider is a success

With over three hours of stable and colliding beams, the Large Hadron Collier image of the day

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Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 Articles Comments Off on Cern LHC the Large Hadron Collider is a success

Beams collided at 7 TeV in the LHC

Geneva, 30 March 2010. Beams collided at 7 TeV in the LHC at 13:06 CEST, marking the start of the LHC research programme. Particle physicists around the world are looking forward to a potentially rich harvest of new physics as the LHC begins its first long run at an energy three and a half times higher than previously achieved at a particle accelerator.

“It’s a great day to be a particle physicist,” said CERN Director General Rolf Heuer. “A lot of people have waited a long time for this moment, but their patience and dedication is starting to pay dividends.”

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LHC first attempt for collisions at 7 TeV

Today is a historical day at the LHC which marks the start of the first attempt for collisions at 7 TeV (3.5 TeV per beam).

Webcasts are available until 18:15 (Central European Summer Time – CEST). The main webcast will include live footage from the control room for the LHC accelerator and from the control rooms of the four main LHC experiments: ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and LHCb.

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LHC sets new record – accelerates beam to 3.5 TeV

CERNGeneva, 19 March 2010. At just after 5:20 this morning, two 3.5 TeV proton beams successfully circulated in the Large Hadron Collider for the first time. This is the highest energy yet achieved in a particle accelerator, and an important step on the way to the start of the LHC research programme. The first attempt to collide beams at 7 TeV (3.5 TeV per beam) will follow on a date to be announced in the near future.

“Getting the beams to 3.5 TeV is testimony to the soundness of the LHC’s overall design, and the improvements we’ve made since the breakdown in September 2008,” explained CERN’s Director for Accelerators and Technology, Steve Myers. “And it’s a great credit to the patience and dedication of the LHC team.”

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Friday, March 19th, 2010 Articles Comments Off on LHC sets new record – accelerates beam to 3.5 TeV

The Large Hadron Collider is to close

The Large Hadron Collider is to close for a year to repair mistakes made in construction.

It is the latest in a series of setbacks to hit the atom smasher that scientists hope will re-create the Big Bang and pinpoint the Higgs boson, the so-called ”God particle”.

Scientists have discovered that copper connectors are unlikely to handle the maximum output and so will close the machine at the end of 2011 to fix the connectors.

In the meantime they will run the $A8.16 billion accelerator at half power.

Dr Steve Myers, a director of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, which built the collider, said: ”We are pushing technologies towards their limits.”

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Thursday, March 18th, 2010 Articles Comments Off on The Large Hadron Collider is to close

ATLAS detector at the LHC

Charged-particle multiplicities in pp interactions at sqrt(s) = 900 GeV measured with the ATLAS detector at the LHC

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