John Overmyer


麻省剑桥 —— 根据现代物理学和宇宙学可以推论,要看见自然界运行和宇宙生成的基本真相,必须具有一双超级眼:能看清比光穿过质子还快的动作、比原子还小的距离。幸运的是,人类没有被排除在外,因为我们的肉眼可以“升级”。

大型强子对撞机( LHC )应运而生。这种设备令质子以极大能量对撞,通过观测那些由对撞产生的粒子,重构这些物质的产生过程,物理学家必将发明出有史以来速度最快、解析度最高的显微镜 —— 在这个显微镜里,每个质子都成为反映另一个质子内部结构的影像。

LHC 是一个宏伟工程,有许多了不起的看点,这些媒体都已经广泛报道过了。我对这些都不再复述,直接跳到我们的目标: LHC 究竟能让我们看到什么?

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