Interesting Facts about the Large Hadron Collider

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The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a 27-kilometre ring of superconducting magnets with a number of accelerating structures to boost the energy of particles.


It was built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) between 1998 and 2008 in collaboration with over 10,000 scientists and engineers from over 100 countries.


Its main purpose is to allow physicists to test the predictions of different theories of particle physics and high-energy physics.


The Large Hadron Collider are used to investigate a wide range of physics, Higgs boson, supersymmetry, extra dimensions, dark matter, and all things in the universe.


In 2012, the Large Hadron Collider discovered the Higgs boson, a fundamental particle predicted by the Standard Model.


The LHC is the world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator.


The large hadron collider has cost around €9 billion (US$10.4 billion) to build and €1 billion (US$1.1 billion) per year to operate.


The LHC has been described as the most complex machine ever built, and its first run lasted from 2010 to 2013 at an energy of 7 TeV.


Its second run, which started in 2015, is currently ongoing at an energy of 13 TeV.


The LHC is expected to operate until at least 2030.