Thursday, March 1, 2007

100 TeV Accelerator in Our Backyard

As many of you know there is something special about the TeV range: at this energy we should start to see the Higgs, supersymmetric particles and other beyond the standard model physics. Because of this CERN will operate at 14 TeV and hopefully find all of the above.

However, according to researchers, the black hole in the center of our galaxy is accelerating particles at 100 TeV and smashing them into each other giving off a colossal display of gamma rays and other things. Perhaps one day we will have the technology to study these collisions in such a way that we will be able to harness a 100 TeV accelerator nature was nice enough to give to us. And if not it is still a cool thing.

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