Successors to the mighty Large Hadron Collider are already on the drawingboard. In this two-part special, we’ll have a look at the machines that dare to follow in the LHC’s footsteps
Not so long ago, in a school not so far away, physics was the most dreaded of the sciences. None of the scientific triumvirate was ‘cool’ but at least in biology you could cut up frogs and in chemistry you could do exciting things with lithium and water. Physics was the least cool of the not-at-all-cool subjects and it would take a miracle to change that.
Then, a few years ago that miracle was made manifest – it was called the Large Hadron Collider and it was good. Suddenly, people in pubs were talking about small things called ‘particles’, big things called ‘colliders’ and something called a ‘Higgs boson’ that no one had ever seen. Physics was suddenly cool (well, sort of).
Having had a taste of ‘cool’, physicists are already looking forward to the next generation of super colliders – after all, if the LHC can make physics cool, imagine what wonders a bigger accelerator could achieve – it could be the physics version of the ‘little blue pill’.