UT joined world partners today in a new era of research as scientists began recording data from the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s biggest and most powerful particle accelerator.
The new proton collision data, the first recorded since 2012, will give an international collaboration of researchers its best chance yet to study the Higgs boson, search for dark matter, and develop a more complete understanding of the laws of nature. The team of researchers includes more than 1,700 US physicists.
The Large Hadron Collider reproduces conditions similar to those that existed immediately after the big bang. It is based at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Geneva, Switzerland.
UT students and faculty in physics and nuclear engineering, based on the Knoxville and the UT Space Institute campuses, are part of two teams that are contributing research in this second run of the collider. They are developing electronics and hardware for the ALICE and CMS detectors, and monitoring and examining data collected in experiments.
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