Complete geek mode today; tour of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. The tour guide was a senior researcher who has spent the last 20 years (and probably many more to come) searching for the Higgs Boson.. so of course the tour was awesome! It was mind-blowing how much the physical limits are pushed with the accelerator experiments.
Since Switzerland is so expensive, I decided to go to the grocery store to pack a lunch and had a picnic at Lake Geneva. Ate, walked around, ate some more, and called it a day.
For any Fizzers interested (or anyone for that matter), here are some fun facts about the LHC;
- Proton beam is energized to 7000 GeV
- Electromagnetic superconductors run with a current of 11700 A, at a temperature of 1.9 K, and produce a field of 8.3 T
- It takes 3 months to cycle temperature from ambient to 1.9 K and back
- The experiment is run 100 m underground and the accelerator has a circumference of 27 km