The Hadron Collider reaches a record energy level: it is looking for dark matter

In April 2022, the world's largest and most powerful particle collider started working again after

three year break.

From July 5, 2022, it will operate around the clock for almost four years. The energy level will be 13.6 trillion electron volts, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) announced.

The collider will send two beams of protons - these are the particles in the nucleus of an atom - in opposite directions at a speed close to the speed of light.

The resulting collisions will be recorded and analyzed by thousands of scientists in various experiments: ATLAS, CMS, ALICE and LHCb. They are using increased power to probe dark matter.

"We are aiming to provide 1.6 billion proton-proton collisions per second for the ATLAS and CMS experiments," said Mike Lamont, head of accelerators and technology at CERN.

This time the proton beams were narrowed down to less than 10 microns. By comparison, a human hair is about 70 microns thick.

Also, the new energy level will allow them to continue their research on the Higgs boson, which was first detected by the Large Hadron Collider on July 4, 2012.

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