Ten years ago, the team that operates an enormous particle collision in the world made history by discovering the Higgs boson particle, the key to understanding the creation of the universe, and earned the nickname “particle of God.”
After more than three years of development, the accelerator, run by the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, collects data again. This time is meant to prove the existence of another mysterious object – a dark object.
Although scientists generally believe that black matter is natural, no one has ever been able to see it or create it. Data collection and energy development at a particle processor, called the Large Hadron Collider, can provide researchers with one of their best opportunities to visualize and comprehend something.
“If we can discover the features of black matter, we are learning about the structure of our galaxy,” said Joshua Ruderman, an assistant professor of natural sciences at New York University. “It will change.”
Dark matter has fascinated physicists for decades. It is believed to be an integral part of the universe, and further study can provide clues as to how it came to be.
According to CERN scientists, all the universe’s stars, planets, and galaxies make up only 5 percent of the universe. About 27 percent of the universe is thought to be composed of dark matter, which does not absorb, emit, or emit light, making it extremely difficult to see. Researchers say that this phenomenon is actually because it has been observed in gravity – and has seen how it helps to bend light.
Researchers hope the Large Hadron Collider can help. The collider was developed over a decade by the European Organization for Nuclear Research to help answer the questions of particle physics. The machine is located approximately 328 meters underground in a tunnel near the French-Swiss border with the city of Geneva, and its circumference covers about 17 miles.