Colliding Lead Ions in Big Bang Machine

The creation of the universe is one of the biggest debates to ever exist in the world. It is a pretty safe bet to say that that is a true statement.  There are countless theories that have been formed in order to explain one of life’s greatest mysteries. Different cultures try to explain it via their different religions. One well known story is from the bible. It is the creation story that the world was created in seven days.  In the science community the Big bang theory is one of the most well known.  It is theorized that the universe was formed due to a colossal explosion.  What the explosion was caused by can only be imagined.  One argument against that theory is that if there was nothing to begin with, how can explosion even be formed. Putting that thought aside, though, scientists are developing an experiment in order to recreate conditions after the theorized Big Bang occurred.

What scientists are trying to do is to smash lead ion particles together to develop the matter that existed right after the Big Bang occurred. The first recorded lead ion collision occurred in Geneva, Switzerland on the Large Hadron Collider in September 2008.  The twin beams became stabilized enough so that physics experiments can now be performed. One experiment will create a very, very small bang compared to the Big Bang, but will hopefully be large enough to create a matter called quark-gluon plasma.  This matter will try and lead scientists into a better understanding of how the universe was formed.

The collider cost over $10 billion to build, but scientists hail that it may be a key to understanding or re-creating the theory behind the formation of the universe.  It is located at the Swiss-French border and has a 17 mile long tunnel where the collision occurs. Somewhere in the 17 mile long tunnel there is the hope that one of four detectors will find the creation of the dark anti-matter when protons are collided with one another.  One month out of the year, though, the machine will smash together lead ions. This only occurs once because of the extreme amount of energy it requires to smash the lead ions together. A detector named ALICE will search for the matter if it forms. The quark-gluon plasma is many times hotter than the sun and causes subatomic particle to stick together and form protons and neutrons. Unfortunately, as is the case with many other scientific experiments, it will take many years before any new discoveries will be made.

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1 Response to Colliding Lead Ions in Big Bang Machine

  1. ncreidler says:

    This is interesting in how they are trying to recreate original matter from the “Big Bang”. I dont see the point to these experiments though. I cant seem to figure out what scientists are going to gain from the experiment even if it is a success. I honestly see this as a waste of $10 billion that could have been used in much more useful ways such as helping less fortunate people or maybe medicine. Even the improvements of roads and buildings. Anyways, those are just my thoughts.

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