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CERN Post-Higgs boson

CERN in Geneva, Switzerland is at the forefront of particle physics. It’s a global endeavor, with people and funding from all over the world. You have probably heard of the Large Hadron Collider, LHC, which is a massive machine (27 km circumference ring deep underground) that shoots groups of protons around in different directions and inside detectors along the LHC these protons will collide with one another in a burst of energy. When they collide they release different particles. Back in 2012 they detected the last piece in the Standard Model of Particle Physics puzzle, the Higgs boson.

The Standard Model lists all the particles we know and how they interact with one another. It has been amazingly successful, but there are still a few things missing. In this episode we explore what it’s like to be a proton hurling through the LHC and how the LHC could be used to unravel the mysteries of gravity and antimatter.

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