World's largest atom smasher breaks record for proton acceleration 2009-11-30 18:03:20   Print

    GENEVA, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) said Monday that the world's largest atom smasher has broken the record for proton acceleration.

    "CERN's Large Hadron Collider has today become the world's highest energy particle accelerator, having accelerated its twin beams of protons to an energy of 1.18 TeV in the early hours of the morning," the organization said in a statement.

    The previous world record was set by the U.S. Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory's Tevatron collider in 2001, when it reached 0.98 TeV.

    The collider, inside a 27-kilometre (16.8-mile) tunnel under the Franco-Swiss border area near Geneva, will mimic the conditions that followed the Big Bang and help explain the origins of the universe.

Editor: Li Xianzhi
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