The Large Hadron Collider, the world's longest particle accelerator, is exciting scientists around the world who hope it can recreate the moments just after the Big Bang.
- The Large Hadron Collider is the most powerful particle accelerator in the world.
- The Large Hadron Collider smashes protons into one another in order to isolate subatomic particles such as quarks and gluons.
- An enormous amount of energy is required to separate particles.
- Studying subatomic particles gives scientists insight into conditions immediately after the Big Bang.
To look at what occurred just after the Universe came into existence, when there were only the simplest particles, we either have to travel 13.8 billion years into the past, or to a small village near the border of France and Switzerland.
Prof Brian Cox, University of Manchester – "I think ...