For the first time, a film gives audiences a front row seat to a significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. Particle Fever follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation.
LHC - The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. It first started up on 10 September 2008, and is the largest ring (27 km) in CERN’s accelerator complex. It consists of superconducting magnets to guide the particles and accelerating structures to boost the energy of the particles along the way. The machine is being upgraded currently and will operate at even higher energies in early 2015.
Proton - Protons are positively charged subatomic particles that, along with neutrons, make up the nucleus of an atom. Protons are the particles that are accelerated and collided at the LHC.
Higgs Field - The Higgs field fills all of space and, according to the Standard Model theory, was ‘switched on’ moments after the Big Bang, which caused most elementary particles (quarks, the electron, weak force carriers) to acquire mass. The electron mass allows atoms to form and thus the Higgs field is responsible for all normal matter as we know it.