Because one ‘small’ particle accelerator isn’t enough, scientists now want to build a new, bigger, particle accelerator, and Elon Musk could help them with the digging process.
CERN scientists have embarked on a new, ambitious plan to explore the mysteries of the universe. In order to do so, they will not launch a spacecraft into space but will try and understand it, right here from Earth.
“The FCC conceptual design report is a remarkable accomplishment. It shows the tremendous potential of the FCC to improve our knowledge of fundamental physics and to advance many technologies with a broad impact on society,” explained CERN Director-General Fabiola Gianotti.
“While presenting new, daunting challenges, the FCC would greatly benefit from CERN’s expertise, accelerator complex, and infrastructures, which have been developed over more than half a century.”
In order to explore the greatest mysteries of the universe, a lot of money is needed.
But the money to carry it out should not be a problem since billionaire Elon Musk tweeted that if his company would do the digging, it could save them several ‘billion euros’.
CERN wants to go super-sized. https://t.co/5FvNHtQk7X
— MIT Technology Review (@techreview) January 21, 2019
In a tweet, Musk wrote that: “Director of CERN asked me about Boring Co building the new LHC tunnel when we were at the @royalsociety. Would probably save several billion [sic] Euros.”
The idea is that Musk would use his Boring Company technology to help dig the gigantic tunnel for the new Future Circular Collider, which, according to scientists, is intended to be 100 kilometers (62 miles) in length.
Money isn’t that big of a problem.
The budget for the project is an estimated 24 billion euros ($27.2 billion), of which around 5 billion euros ($5.6 billion) will be dedicated to the tunnel-building portion of the initiative.
The fact that Musk has claimed that Boring Co could help save several ‘billion Euros’ is more than significant.
Scientists hope that by building a more powerful collider may help them answer countless questions and mysteries about the universe that cannot be answered with the current LHC.
Among other things, scientists say that the Future Circular Collider could be used to explore subjects including dark matter and matter-antimatter interactions: and could potentially help solve a number of fundamental questions about how our universe came into existence, and how it will develop in the future.