# 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 latest developments (that laymen can appreciate). Now, I'm seeing all over news pages about the LHC starting back up again after a 2-year hiatus, and many of them report on the LHC "searching for evidence of parallel worlds". Now, scientific reporting is often sensationalized in the media, and quite often, it doesn't exactly match up with what's really being done.

So my question is: what experiments are currently planned at the LHC, and what specifically are they looking for now?

• As anna v pointed out, supersymmetry and hints at string theory would be a good start. One might also add magnetic monopoles (i.e. magnets with only one pole - for many reasons, that would be a real breakthrough) and search for "alternative Higgs bosons" (some theories predict extra Higgs bosons, or at least that the one we already found is not the end of the story). But as always, and paradoxically, we're looking for what we're not looking for... Science progresses most when things turn out not as we expected them to. Mar 26 '15 at 10:32