One of the most expensive scientific instruments ever built, CERN's Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, will be driven to its highest energy levels in an attempt to detect or create mini black holes. If the experiment proves to be successful, scientists hope to reveal a new universe.
A member of the team, Mir Faizal, explained the theory behind the experiment: "Just as many parallel sheets of paper, which are two dimensional objects -breadth and length- can exist in a third dimension -height- parallel universes can also exist in higher dimensions".
Faizal stated that the gravity from our dimension can leak into other dimensions and this might help the scientists create miniature black holes between our dimension and extra dimensions. However, the experiment's definition of extra dimensions is different from that of quantum mechanics, which holds a theory of many-worlds, where every possible option actually takes place. Faizal assured that this philosophical thought cannot be tested and measured; the aim is to find actual universes existing in extra dimensions.
The energy used by the Large Hadron Collider is measured in Tera electron volts, and one TeV is equivalent to one trillion electron Volts. Until now, LHC has searched for mini black holes below 5.3 TeV. Now, the collider will fire up to create mini black holes at 9.5 TeV in 6 dimensions and at 11.9 in 10 dimensions.
Although there are several alarmists who fear that LHC will create a black hole that will swallow the entire universe, experiments carried out so far have been successful. In 2013, LHC proved the existence of Higgs boson, also known as the "God particle", a key material in the creation of the universe. The team of scientists are also on the verge of discovering "dark matter", which is thought to make up the majority of matter in the universe.
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