Originally posted by xX aFTeRm4Th Xx
I wonder how much more advanced one would be if we were to plan it up today, and also how much more effective. ..
I'm not badmouthing the LHC, I think it's an awesome collection of technology and can teach us a lot. But Kaku got a little ahead of himself there I
think, so my criticism is of his overly bouyant portrayal and not the LHC itself. Let's wait till one of the greatest discoveries of all time is
actually made to announce it, it just seems kind of bogus to announce it before it happens.
And string theory has something like 10^200 solutions, so it seems like no matter what happens, it could be one of those 10^200 solutions.
I just read the summaries of all the LHC experiments on this site:
Each experiment has a nice little summary telling you what it's trying to do, but I don't see any claims that any of them are testing string theory
predictions. If you find any such claims that I missed, let me know, but reading each one of those will give you a lot more insight into what the LHC
is doing than Kaku's explanation will.
I don't claim to be an expert on particle accelerators, I know enough to be dangerous
But a long time ago my physics professor took me down to the basement of the physics building at the university and showed me some of his research on
superconductor technology. I really haven't followed advances in superconductor technology but what researchers have been trying to find for a long
time are room temperature superconductors, like ceramics. I guess if they are still supercooling the conductors in the LHC, they never found practical
room temperature superconductors yet, so that would be a breakthrough if they could avoid the need to supercool the accelerator part.
Where I expect the biggest advances have been made in the last 16 years have been in detector technology in the collider part of the project. And they
were probably smart enough to make it possible to continue to upgrade detector technologies as new and better detector technologies become available,
even in the future.
And I just happen to have a picture already uploaded for another thread so I'll repost it here:
Looking at all those stairs on the left it looks like that chamber is at least 10 stories tall!
[edit on 23-6-2010 by Arbitrageur]