World's largest particle accelerator built by the CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) near the Franco-Swiss frontier near Geneva, Switzerland. It is designed to collide beams of protons of up to 7 TeV. It contains the important detectors ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and LHCb.

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Earth still exists, does this fact tell us anything about LHC safety?

When LHC was about to be launched there were many fears that it would destroy the world, to counter them scientists tried to carefully examine all possibilities and concluded that there is nothing ...
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What energy will the LHC use for pA collisions in Run 2?

Part of the LHC's Run 2 (which just recently started) will be dedicated to proton-ion collisions, but I haven't been able to find any firm information about what energy those collisions will run at. ...
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Why in particle physics the background of resonance is a decaying exponential?

When in particle physics they plot the mass histogram we see a resonance on top of a decaying exponential background? Why is the background modeled to be that way? what is the physical explanation? ...
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What is meant by a preliminary run at the LHC?

I am a bit confused over the meaning of "Preliminary run" when referring to the LHC experiments CMS and ATLAS. For example in this summary, Figure 2 refers to both the CMS $19.7\ \mathrm{fb^{-1}}$ ...
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Why can't gravitons be created in traditional particle accelerators?

I've heard that it is incredibly difficult to detect a graviton, but I don't quite understand why. With all of the knowledge I have at the present time it seems like it should be possible to create a ...
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CMS magnetic field outside

The magnetic field at CMS is often given as 4 T. According to this picture the field outside the solenoid is just 2 T. Is this just because the field of a solenoid is not constant and decreases with ...
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What processes are involved in proton proton collision?

There is a lot of advanced materials at the internet but nowhere can I find brief introduction to the topic of proton-proton collisions in collider experiments (such as the large hadron collider). Can ...
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Decay channels of the Higgs Boson in Large Hadron Collider particle production

I attach a diagram of 4 of the (many) possible decay channels produced by the Higgs boson, and I have read that 57 % of the time, we find a bottom quark, antibottom quark pair resulting from this ...
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Large Hadron Collider 2015 upgrade, what can it show us?

I realise that the initial answer to my question that may come to mind is, "we don't know yet, duh!!" But my question is hopefully not opinion based. To be specific, have we now a greater chance of ...
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Signs of supersymmetry and thus dark matter at CERN

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN has just re-started after a two year pause and is now running at unprecedented levels of 6.5 TeV, with collisions that will release up to 13.5 TeV. With this increase ...
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How many different experimental configurations does the Large Hadron Collider have?

I understand that the LHC can collide protons with protons, heavy ions with heavy ions, or protons with heavy ions, giving three main configurations. But, I'm wondering: is that the only property that ...
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Is there a significant possibility of the LHC missing “exotic” particles or events?

In his popsci book, "Particle at the end of the universe", Sean Carroll says that the LHC, due to it's sheer information gathering capability, necessarily needs to completely discard most of the data ...
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With the LHC about to restart as max energy, are there absolutely no hints or tantalizing signs of Supersymmetry in previous data?

Over the last couple of years I've seen several articles talk about hints or bumps in the data that might point to Supersymmetry. An article in NewScientist from Summer 2012 discussed the discovery of ...
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How do tracking detectors in particle accelerators create the pretty pictures we see?

I have read several sources about tracking detectors used in particle accelerators like LHC, but still have not found a more detailed source that can still be understood by a layperson like myself. I ...
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Why don't protons just bounce off each other in the LHC?

Ok, this might sound like a silly question, but I was wondering, when particles (e.g. protons) are smashed together in the LHC, why do they break up into dozens of other particles, as opposed to just ...
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Why does gg fusion dominate over q qbar annihilation at the LHC?

The cross section of top quark pair production is dominated at the LHC by gluon-gluon fusion, whereas at Tevatron, quark-antiquark annihilation is more prevalent. Why is this? I know the fundamental ...
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Will the new LHC data falsify some theories? [closed]

There are plenty of extensions of the Standard Model, that all agree until the energy scales that have already been explored, but will differ at the new energy range of 14 TeV. This means the data ...
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Could the LHC be used for fusion experiments? [duplicate]

Just looking at the beam energy and peak power for the LHC, 360 MJ and petawatts, respectively, dumped in about 100 µs, would this be sufficient to do useful fusion experiments?
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Practical understanding of energies in LHC collisions

Is visible light emitted at the point of collision in the LHC? If so, how bright? How much water could be heated up by 10 degrees celsius (this is the energy from collision only, not the energy to ...
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Dark matter: Will Special Relativity hold?

Part 1: It’s been said that dark matter makes up about 26 % of the universe. The restart of LHC would be dealing with the existence of dark matter also. Consider a situation that the results are ...
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Why can't a high intensity beam be injected into the LHC when the machine is empty

Watching this YouTube video about the LHC at around 3 minutes and 50 seconds into the video the narrator says... For machine protection reasons we are not allowed to inject a high intensity beam ...
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Engravings in “Wandering the Immeasurable” sculpture outside the CERN globe? [closed]

Does anyone have a PDF or a file that shows all of the engravings on the "Wandering the Immeasurable" sculpture by Gayle Hermick outside of the CERN globe of science and initiative?
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What's the next big goal of the Large Hadron Collider?

Obviously, physics lovers everywhere were excited at the announcement that the LHC had verified the existence of the Higgs Boson. As a non-physicist, I like to keep up with what I can regarding the ...
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Statistical significance in Z boson excess paper

In a recent ATLAS paper, a excess of $3\sigma$ was reported from the Standard Model prediction in a search looking for a same-sign dilepton signal with an invariant mass around the Z peak. For brevity ...
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If the LHC-calculated mass of the Higgs is wrong, how long will it take to determine this with confidence? [closed]

After I watched "Particle Fever"--the movie about Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the successful identification of the Higgs boson--I became a bit concerned with that team's handling of various ...
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Nature of particle spectra at ALICE

I have a question regarding the nature of the particle spectrum at ALICE as a function of momentum. The spectra in question can be seen here. My question is, why is it that the particle spectrum in ...
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Fiducial volume in collider/detector physics

I'm trying to make some sense of ATLAS measurements for a personal project to learn how to use Pythia, and part of my work requires me to recreate the distribution for Z boson decay. I encountered the ...
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What would happen to me if I was in the LHC while it was running? [duplicate]

This is possibly a stupid question, but one I have been always wondering. What would happen to me if I was in the center of the Large hadron Collider while it was running? Would the energy of the beam ...
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What is the temperature of an LHC Bunch?

From various places, I've found that an LHC bunch seems to be about 100mm long, 0.1mm wide, and contains about $10^{11}$ protons or anti-protons. The de Broglie wavelength is about $10^{-18}$ meters, ...
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Hard processes in particle collisions

This is in reference to a MC generator called Pythia, but has wider applicability because the phrases are used widely in particle phyiscs, even though I have not managed to find a clear, ...
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Why must energy be increased in a cyclotron to refine measured distance?

I have been listening to Nima Arkani-Hamed's messenger lectures at Cornell, and was confused by one point. He says that in order to measure at increasingly small distances energy must be increased (he ...
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How experimentalists put bounds on new physics at the LHC?

I would like to understand how experimentalists search for new physics at the LHC. Lets imagine I want to use the LHC data to put a bound on the coupling of some new physics effective operator, say, ...
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How possible is it that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) on its second try, could disrupt the gravity of Earth?

How possible is it that the Large Hadron Collider, on its second try, could disrupt the gravity of Earth?
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Why is the energy of particles in accelerators much higher than the energy of the particles they are trying to find?

I have been wondering. In the LHC, or other particle accelerators for that matter, they are colliding particles with energies above TeV. The LHC is going to be 14 TeV or something like that the next ...
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Where can we find LHC results talks online?

I'm looking to educate myself on some searches at the LHC, but I find it easier to understand what's going on if I watch a LHC results talk (e.g. by ATLAS, CMS, or an overall summary by a theorist) ...
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Hadron Supercollider - How does smashing protons reveal facts of the inception of our universe?

How does smashing protons at high velocity reveal how our universe was formed? At some point, wouldn't the atoms need to come together in order to form planets etc? I am a curious student- not a ...
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How detectors in particle colliders can differentiate neutrons from antineutrons?

Their mass is the same. None of them interacts with EM fields. And their decay (around 1000s) is far too slow to see their decay products yet in the detector. How is it then possible to differentiate ...
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Nuclear fusion using electromagnetic fields

I was just thinking about how deuterium and tritium are charged particles and so I couldn't help but wonder why we don't use the same process used in the LHC(electromagnetic fields to accelerate ...
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Where can I find the datasets from LHC?

I know that most of the datasets from ATLAS or other particle physics experiments are terabytes, but I was just curious is there any place where one can find them to download? And one more question, ...
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LHC data and mathematics of QFT

I'm reading Frederic's Paugam Towards the Mathematics of Quantum Field Theory, an advanced theoretical physics book. I would like to know how I could apply the theories in this book. For example, ...
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Can the Large Hadron Collider break the speed of light? [closed]

Can Large Hadron Collider experiments break the speed of light at some point in the future?
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What are the main algorithms the LHC particle detectors use to reconstruct decay pathways?

I am just starting to look into how we understand the data from particle collisions. My question is, what are the algorithms or ways that these detectors interpret the data? Are there standard ...
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Has the possibility of Higgs boson being a composite particle excluded already?

I heard some theory, such as technicolor, predicts the Higgs-like particle discovered at LHC should be a composite particle (correct me if I am wrong). Has this possible been completely excluded ...
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Why do physicists use LHC?

My question is why are we colliding particles in LHC to produce new ones? And these particles that they sometimes say live for a fraction of a second, how in space they exists then? In space all ...
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For what rare events was the LHC built?

I understand that for low cross-section events a very high luminosity is necessary in order to obtain enough data to produce meaningful statistics. That is why the LHC was built. But which are these ...
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Impostor Higgs?

I recently came across this article, published in the respectable European Physical Journal A. (Apparently, there isn't any corresponding arXiv article for this, so I'm sorry if everyone isn't able to ...
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Why can't we measure branching ratios of the Higgs at LHC?

There are theoretical predictions for SM Higgs decay branching ratios. What about the experimental results on BRs? All that I found was measurements of signal-strengths $\mu = \frac{(\sigma \cdot ...
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Different cross section for W and Z boson

At hadron colliders the cross section for W production is about ten times larger than the production cross section for Z bosons (e.g. Figure 2 in this review article). I guess the dominant ...
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What would happen if two entangled particles collided?

Does that is even possible? I have almost zero knowledge in quantum physics, it is just a curiosity that popped in my mind.
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Baryonic density in collision experiments

Does anyone know any way of estimating the net baryon density in collision experiments, e.g. in LHC, RHIC, or the upcoming ones at GSI-FAIR? I have comes across many hand-waving arguments, sample - ...