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China super-collider plan for ‘God particle’ studies

Chinese scientists are planning to build a better electron-positron collider, the latest efforts in exploring the Higgs boson, or “God particle.”

The machine is aimed at accurately measuring the nature of the Higgs particle and exploring the regularity of fundamental physics, according to a symposium held by the Institute of High Energy Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences on Tuesday.

“Only by learning the nature of the Higgs particle can we possibly understand the future focus of particle physics,” said Wang Yifang, head of the institute.

The planned collider is capable of producing 60 times more energy than the current collider, which is in operation in Beijing, Wang said.

“In the long run, it can be revamped into a large proton collider, generating seven times more energy than the Large Hadron Collider in operation in the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva,” Wang added.

American physicist David Gross, a Nobel Prize winner in physics, said that China’s proposal to build the next-generation accelerator will enable it to stand at the center of fundamental sciences.


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