RE: [asa] The end is near? LHC

From: Alexanian, Moorad <>
Date: Tue Sep 09 2008 - 16:22:16 EDT

It may be that at sufficiently high energies, particle and nuclear
physics become on and the same.



From: [] On
Behalf Of Don Winterstein
Sent: Tuesday, September 09, 2008 1:49 AM
To: asa; Dehler, Bernie
Subject: Re: [asa] The end is near? LHC


atom smasher (Large Hadron Collider)


You may already know this, but colliding hadrons is particle (or
high-energy) physics, while smashing atoms is nuclear physics. The man
on the street likely doesn't know the difference, but physicists know
the two kinds of phenomena are orders of magnitude apart in energy.
Nuclear physics means a few MeV; particle physics typically starts in
the GeV range (where you have enough energy to generate protons) and
goes up from there. Roughly speaking you might say particle physics is
as far from nuclear physics as nuclear physics is from atomic physics.
They're all completely different animals.




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        From: Dehler, Bernie <>

        To: ASA <>

        Sent: Monday, September 08, 2008 11:56 AM

        Subject: [asa] The end is near? LHC


        CERN is going to fire-up it's atom smasher (Large Hadron
Collider) this week and maybe do a brand new test next week. It could
destroy the world as we know it. Some are afraid that it may create
some micro black holes which will destroy us. They are filing in court
to stop this from happening.

        Click here to read the news article:;_ylt=Au

        Meanwhile, Kate McAlpine, 23, a Michigan State University
graduate at CERN, has produced the Large Hadron Rap, a video clip that
has attracted more than a million views on YouTube. It is awesome- a
must see. I really enjoyed it. Here is the URL:
<> (complete with lyrics on



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