Particle Accelerator with the Earth's diameter

In summary, the conversation discussed the possibility of building a particle accelerator with the circumference of the Earth, which could potentially reach 2000 TeV and potentially lead to new physics. The cost of this project was compared to the cost of worldwide nuclear arsenals. The energy requirements and best method for accelerating particles were also discussed. The conversation also mentioned the smallest scales that could be seen with 2000 TeV, as well as the formula for determining the size of scales that can be probed with a certain energy in TeV. The speaker mentioned doing research on this topic, but found limited information and potential issues such as synchrotron radiation.
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lucas_
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If particle accelerators with circumference of the Earth could be built (imagine around the world). How many TeV can it reach? Maybe new physics can occur at 2000 TeV.

I heard the US nuclear arsenals costs 2 trillion dollars. Worldwide, the total costs of all nations nuclear arsenals may reach 10 trillion dollars or more. If these would be used to finance Earth circumference particle accelerator. This would be nice. What is the energy requirement for this project? the particles being accelerated don't have to be so curved, so what's best to accelerate it linearly?

By the way. For 2000 TeV, what is the smallest scales it can see? What is the formula to know the size of scale certain energy in TeV can probe in particle accelerators?
 
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What research have you done on this? What did it tell you?
 
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Vanadium 50 said:
What research have you done on this? What did it tell you?

I googled "earth size particle accelerator". Zero exact hits. Most about LHC eating up earth.
 
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Synchrotron radiation will be a really bad problem for such a large accelerator.

More about it here.
 

Related to Particle Accelerator with the Earth's diameter

1. What is a particle accelerator?

A particle accelerator is a machine that uses electromagnetic fields to accelerate charged particles to high speeds. It is used in scientific research to study the fundamental properties of matter and to create new particles.

2. How does a particle accelerator with the Earth's diameter work?

A particle accelerator with the Earth's diameter would use powerful magnets to create a circular path for particles to travel in. The particles would be accelerated by radio frequency cavities and guided by focusing magnets until they reach extremely high speeds.

3. What is the purpose of building a particle accelerator with the Earth's diameter?

The purpose of building a particle accelerator with the Earth's diameter would be to achieve higher energies and collisions than current particle accelerators. This would allow scientists to study particles at even smaller scales and potentially discover new particles or phenomena.

4. What are the potential risks of a particle accelerator with the Earth's diameter?

One potential risk of a particle accelerator with the Earth's diameter is the high cost of construction and maintenance. There may also be environmental concerns and potential safety hazards associated with the high energies and collisions involved.

5. How would a particle accelerator with the Earth's diameter benefit scientific research?

A particle accelerator with the Earth's diameter would greatly advance our understanding of the fundamental building blocks of matter. It could also lead to new technologies and applications, such as improved medical imaging and energy production. Additionally, it would provide a platform for testing and validating theories in physics and cosmology.

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