While bigger isn't always necessarily better, in the world of high-energy physics this motto definitely holds plenty of water. Case in point: The successor to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the Future Circular Collider (FCC).
So what exactly is the FCC? As Gizmodo's Ryan F. Mandelbaum reports, this high-energy physics facility will encompass a hundred-kilometer (62-mile) tunnel capable of generating 10 times as much energy via collisions as the LHC. For comparison, the LHC covers only 27 kilometers (16 miles) of tunnel space.
While the FCC won't be operational until around 2040, it does provide a unique opportunity to explore beyond the limitations of its predecessor – a device that proved the existence of a central tenant of the Standard Model, the Higgs boson particle. Considering that current research is still grappling with the intricacies of dark matter and its place in the natural world, the FCC may generate new data and insight into one of the higher mysteries that still puzzles physicists to this day.
Of course, the FCC may not be the only supermassive particle collider on the market by the time it is functional if some other players in this portion of the science world have anything to say about it. Mandelbaum goes on to report that China is currently working out the details of its own 100-kilometer particle collider that would rival the scope and energy potential of the one currently in the works by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).
While uncovering the mysteries of the universe might seem way out of scope initially for the automotive world, advancements in science often translate directly to progress in countless industries. Perhaps one day the work done in Geneva by this team of physicists will lead to new technology for electric cars, autonomous driving systems, or even automotive manufacturing. Until then, the stories leading up to the 2040 launch of the FCC will – at the very least – serve as interesting insights into the cutting edge of physics that will definitely be worth following.
Want to learn even more about the FCC and how CERN could be motoring toward a completely new perspective on the world of physics? Then be sure to dig into the complete story from Mandelbaum and the rest of the editorial crew over at Gizmodo by clicking on the link we've provided down below.