CERN took a big step towards the development of a 100-kilometer circular super-collider to move the boundaries of high-energy physics.
On 19 June, following approval of the plan by an independent panel in March, the decision was unanimously endorsed by the CERN Council, the governing body of the organisation.
“I think it’s a historic day for CERN and particle physics, in Europe and beyond,” said CERN director-general Fabiola Gianotti.
The Large Hadron Collider, at 27 kilometers in length, is the world’s highest-energy particle collider. It’s also the largest machine ever built by human hands. But CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research behind the collider, is planning to build a second, even larger collider.
Now all that remains is paying for it, but raising $23 billion is no easy task. Still, there’s plenty of time to figure that out. CERN is hoping to start construction in 2038.
The collider would be used to further study the Higgs boson, a particle that was theorized by Peter Higgs and five other scientists in 1964, and essentially discovered as a particle back in 2012 using the Large Hadron Collider.
The Large Hadron Collider took a decade to build and cost around $4.75 billion. Most of that money came from European countries like Germany, the UK, France and Spain. Some believe that countries like the US and Japan might need to pony up for this second collider if it’s actually going to get built.
News Sources : C|net, Nature,Extremetech & CERN informations funel