A Hadron Collider on the Moon Could Create 1,000 Times More Energy Than CERN
We could actually build a colossal hadron collider on the moon! But despite the potential new physics, it's a long, long, long ways away.
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In high-energy particle physics, bigger is always better. And the moon is a pretty big place.
This is why a team of researchers ran the numbers on building a colossal hadron collider around the moon's circumference and found that a roughly 6,835-mile (11,000-km) Circular Collider on the Moon (CCM) would generate a proton-proton center-of-mass collision energy of 14 PeV, according to a new study shared on a preprint server.
In case you missed it, that energy level is one thousand times higher than that of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, if we assume a dipole magnetic field of 20 T.