LHC detector receives major upgrade

LHC detector receives major upgrade

A major upgrade in one of the Large Hadron Collider’s detectors combined with a recent boost in its power promises to make the atom-smasher even better at solving the sub-atomic mysteries of the universe.

The LHC, which is situated at the Switzerland-France, has been smashing atoms with one another for nearly a decade.

Engineers working at the LHC have recently swapped so-called “pixel tracker” in the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS), which is a major experiment along the collider’s oval.

CMS technical coordinator Austin Ball said, “The performance of the accelerator has improved so rapidly over the past couple of years that this is the time we need to make the change to exploit the accelerator's full potential - for new physics, and the study of existing physics.”

The LHC uses nearly 1,200 powerful magnets to guide two beams of particles running at nearly the speed of light around the sixteen-mile-long tunnel. Researchers then study high-energy collisions between the two beams of the particles.

The collider has made several major discoveries over the past few years, including the so-called Higgs boson and multiple other exotic particles like antiquarks and pentaquarks.