Energy bursts

Imagine the energy of a speeding train, packed into a narrow beam of particles. When two of these beams collide inside the LHC, they'll produce tiny bursts of extremely high energy.

The same amount of energy, on a much bigger scale, existed less than a billionth of a second after the Big Bang. This will be the first time scientists have created such high-energy collisions.
 
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Each LHC beam has the energy of a speeding train, but could fit through the zero on a twenty pence piece.
Each LHC beam has the energy of a speeding train, but could fit through the zero on a twenty pence piece.
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