MAR 12, 2018 10:00 AM PDT

What is the ARIES project?

Accelerator Research and Innovation for European Science and Society, or ARIES for short, represents a collective effort of academic and industrial organizations from eighteen European countries to advance the particle accelerators and their related infrastructure and technology.

Particle accelerators use electromagnetic fields to propel charged particles to near light speed and direct them in well-defined paths. Despite their most publicised association with particle physics, accelerators are also often used by scientists to examine the structure of small and macromolecules, in healthcare facilities to produce medical isotopes and provide cancer treatment, in manufacturing plants to weld, sterilize, inspect and harden various industrial materials and consumer products.

As scientists are stepping up their efforts to explore the fundamental building blocks of our universe, they would require an accelerator with higher energy, or luminosity. High Luminosity Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC) is an on-going ARIES project to upgrade the Large Hadron Collider. This upgrade will increase the luminosity of the already-almighty particle accelerator tenfold. The higher output is expected to allow physicists to observe rare processes and improve statistically margin of their measurements.

Source: CERN via Youtube

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