posted on Sep, 9 2008 @ 08:01 PM
Originally posted by Shere Khaan
What are the plans when (if) they don't find what they are looking for?
It's not really that sort of search. It's not like looking for a treasure chest, and if it's not there, you've failed. Instead, it's like
climbing up to a ridge to get a look at the valley beyond. There are certain expectations of what will be found, but not finding it is just as
valuable information, to an extent.
That being said, I daresay that there are a number of scenarios that would qualify as disappointments for most physicists. Observing just Higgs and
nothing else, for instance, would be extremely boring. Observing nothing new at all would be extremely puzzling, but without giving one much to go on.
What most people are hoping for is a diverse "zoo" (favourite word in particle physics) of new stuff to analyze.
Originally posted by CzErased
if the LHC fails to work for some reason, whats plan B? [-if you have any inside scope-]
Not sure I understand the question... if it fails to work, they'll fix it, I expect.
Originally posted by Allred5923
So, I guess you could say I am asking "What if the cooling systems fail and the entire 17 mi. of conductive area is unable to 'chill' itself for
I'm not much into the technical details, so I don't really know. As I understand it, a failure of the cooling system would just mean that they have
to perform an emergency-shutdown, which would probably cause some fried components here and there which would have to be replaced, followed by an
investigation into the cause of the problem and the design of a better cooling system. *shrug*
Originally posted by Fibonacci11235
what could finding the god particle lead to?
any possible practical applications for it?
Finding it would be just a confirmation of a currently held theory, so in itself it wouldn't lead to much. Studying it will hopefully lead to
advances in our understanding of gravity, which I'm sure will have enormous significance in the long run. Any sort of hyperspace drive/wormhole
technology/time machine would require such an understanding, for example. It seems an essential step for any cool sci-fi tech. If you were looking for
something closer to home, I'm drawing a blank, but that doesn't mean that there isn't anything... history shows how quickly new science can lead to
new technology, even in areas in which it isn't expected.