Imitation of Big Bang with the 7,000-ton Atlas detector

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London, May 4 (UNI) In a bid to imitate the Big Bang phenomenon, the factor behind the creation of this universe scientists have devised a 7,000-ton Atlas detector.

This huge tangle of wires and metal is the kind of machine scientists have been dreaming of for generations: one that will take them back 13 billion years to the dawn of time and the Big Bang.

The Atlas detector - really a giant ultra-sensitive camera - will be positioned at the point of impact to record what happens when two beams of protons (fragments of an atom) is fired in opposite directions around the tunnel and make them collide head-on at nearly the speed of light.

The data collected will help scientists understand the fundamental nature of matter and the basic forces that shaped our universe and could eventually determine its fate.

The Atlas detector is in world's largest particle physics laboratory, where physicists plan to recreate the conditions that existed after the cataclysmic cosmic event they believe made our universe.

Atlas is about 150ft long, more than 75ft high and weighs about 7,000 tons, Daily Mail reported. It is about half as big as the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and weighs the same as the Eiffel Tower.

It's just part of a facility known as the Large Hadron Collider, which is a huge circular tube buried 300ft under the Swiss/French border in a tunnel 16.7 miles long - that's longer than London Underground's Circle line.

1,800 scientists from 160 universities of 34 countries are involved in this mega project.


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