IN SOME WAYS, machines such as the Large Hadron Collider are like particle sniper rifles – firing some of the smallest components of matter at colossal speeds into each other with exquisite precision and watching the even smaller components that come flying out.
There can be no doubt that the LHC is master of its art. It is the most ambitious, technologically demanding, expensive and powerful particle sniper ever built but there is always a student waiting in the wings – a next-generation player ready to surpass the master.
With the opening of a new LHC exhibit, ‘Collider’, at the Science Museum (see below), we thought it was time to ponder the future of these gargantuan particle snipers.
So, over the next two weeks, we will take a look at some of the projects on the drawing board and explore what they will be training their sights on in the coming years.