He is really cool. He is a dad... Imagine his kids must be pretty proud of their dad..
I can imagine the whole family sitting at the table with their hair standing straight up because of all the electricity in the air.
Im sorry I have not had time to focus on your questions. I have a pressing project to make the portal more understandable for visitors and that has really occupied my time.
It's all good, it gives me also some time to catch up
I will return to your questions... I posted in some other forums for smart guys to come help, but they seem to only like their forums ?
I don't think anyone can tell, unless you know what's in the box and how it works, like Danny said:
Some more specific questions:
Energy is also great at being confusing! There's so many definitions and ways ...
The LHC-safety report says:
The LHC is designed to collide pairs of protons each with energies of 7 TeV (somewhat more than 7000 times the rest mass-energy of the proton), and pairs of lead nuclei each with energies of about 2.8 TeV per proton or neutron (nucleon).
While in the book I have from Leon Lederman he says:
Not the speed sharpens the knife... It's about the energy. A proton with 99% the speed of light has an energy of about 7 GeV, while a proton of 99,95% has 30 GeV, and 99,999% has 200 GeV (Fermilab, 1972)
These numbers are quite differently, btw:
1 eV = 10^-9
1 GeV = 10^-16
1 TeV = 10^-20
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultra-high ... cosmic_ray
Cosmic rays can have energies of over 10^20 eV, far higher than the 10^12 to 10^13 eV that man-made particle accelerators can produce.
the OMG particle energy estimated to be approximately 3 × 10^20 eV. It was most probably a proton with a speed very close to the speed of light. The energy of most cosmic rays is between 10^7 eV and 10^10 eV.
The scheme of things:
Cosmic rays: 10^7 eV to 10^10 eV
Man-made: 10^12 to 10^13 eV
OMG Cosmic rays: 3 x 10^20 eV
And, "The electron volt is not an SI unit and its value must be obtained experimentally."
btw the safety raport says:
Though considerably higher than the energies of previous accelerators, these energies are still far below those of the highest-energy cosmic-ray collisions that are observed regularly on Earth.
and in the upper right corner of the wiki-omg-particle-page:
Unsolved problems in physics: Why is it that some cosmic rays appear to possess energies that are theoretically too high?