The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator, built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) with the intention of testing various predictions of high-energy physics. The LHC, which had been in the works since 1984, was the creative output of more than 2,000 physicists, (700 from Russia) and from hundreds of universities and laboratories in 34 countries and was completed last year at a cost of $5.8 billion dollars.
n the words of Viktor Savrin, deputy director of the Research Institute of Nuclear Physics at Moscow State University:
“Russia provided around 5% of funding for detectors and some 3% of all spending on the accelerator…The project has been given a substantial boost by 30 manufacturers who were also involved. The navy's Baltic Fleet even provided unused brass.”
The accelerator complex, 27 kilometers in circumference, sits in a subterranean tunnel about 100 meters (328 feet) below the Franco-Swiss border, near Geneva, Switzerland.
According to news sources, a Siberian hadron collider, which is smaller than the original, could well mean a break-through in cancer treatment, since it is the very first device that may be able to obviate the harm that radiotherapy does to the healthy parts of the patient’s body while killing the deadly cancer cells.
Deputy head of the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Russian Sciences Academy, Yevgeny Levichev, said:
“The accelerator we are currently building is similar to the Large Hadron Collider they have in Switzerland. The only difference is the size; the large Collider is 30 km long, while our device is only 800 meters (2,624 feet?) in circumference. Still, this is the same accelerating machine with elementary particles moving in an orbit. Up to 2,000 cancer patients can be cured annually by a Hadron Collider-based device... The treatment process involves focusing the flow of protons, accelerated to the speed of light, into a hair-thin ray, and directing it at the tumor. The elementary particles will only destroy cancer cells, without harming the healthy ones.”
Researchers have dubbed this device an “ionic scalpel.”
What wonders will this amazing collider provide?
Time will tell and it looks like hope as well will at long last win out.