So we’re smashing energy particles the size of grains of sand at just short the speed of light over the course of 27Kms at a temperature of -450C (~20 degrees from absolute zero). Each hit does about 14 kilovolts of electricity (powelines are 100Kv). Cameras takes 150mega pixel pictures, 600 times a second to find the Boson, a theoretical particle.
Why are we doing this? Physics has yet to be unified, meaning we have multiple formulas and theories for various SIZES of items. We know how atoms work (sort of), we know how human sized matter works (sort of), we know how planets work (sort of). What we don’t know is how atoms interact with planets.
Think of it this way. There are dozens of theories and it’s next to impossible to prove them because of scale (how do you test an atom vs a planet?). The LHC will gives us a pointer in the proper direction, replicating what scientists believe the Big Bang was all about. A vaccum, absolute cold, tiny particles at the speed of light.
It’s going to be quite the interesting tests!