At the moment, The Large Hadron Collider is the world’s largest particle accelerator. However, CERN’s upcoming collider might make it appear minuscule. The LHC measures 27 kilometers, but the next propose might have 100 kilometers, which is a huge upgrade.
The idea of a 100-km collider existed for years, but as it turns out, the physicists at CERN have already started preparing. A conceptual design report was issued recently and it reveals that the plan has already been thought through.
“These kind of largest scale efforts and projects are huge starters for networking, connecting institutes across borders, countries. All these things together make up a very good argument for pushing such unique science projects,” CERN’s Michael Benedikt, the leader of the report, explained.
The Large Hadron Collider was very successful and it helped scientists with some important discoveries. However, it is a bit unclear to think about what is next. In this department, physicists need to offer some clarifications.
The new project would cost around $21 billion. It is also worth mentioning that in the design document we can see that multiple colliders are proposed. The 100-km ring is the biggest one and it would be the most powerful one as well. Nonetheless, it is not certain whether more power will explain anything.
In addition to that, physicists from China are also working on something that isn’t that different. This means that we might see a bit of rivalry going on. This also leads to another questions. Wouldn’t it be preferable if the two teams would collaborate? Building two colliders would be a waste of time and funds, and working together could lead to better results and a lot less wasted effort.