The Large Hadron Collider, also known as the ‘atom smasher’, at the CERN centre in Switzerland will be fired up to its highest energy levels ever in a bid to detect, or even create, miniature black holes. If the scientists are successful in their experiments then a completely new universe will be revealed and rewrite the physics books as we know them.
The whole thing sounds very sci-fi, but the theories are solid from the things we know. So what could go wrong? There are those who warn against the dangers like they did before the Higgs Boson particle was found and their concerns might be more justified this time. The LHC has searched for mini black holes at energy levels below 5.3 TeV up until now, but the latest studies show that it needs levels of at least 9.5 TeV in six dimensions and 11.9 TeV in 10 dimensions. TeV stands for Tera electron Volts and one TeV is one trillion electron Volts.
“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. We predict that gravity can leak into extra dimensions, and if it does, then miniature black holes can be produced at the LHC,” said Mir Faizal, one of the physicists behind the experiment.
“Normally, when people think of the multiverse, they think of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, where every possibility is actualised. This cannot be tested and so it is a philosophy and not science. This is not what we mean by parallel universes. What we mean is real universes in extra dimensions.”
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