How cool is the LHC?

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Jul 22, 2008
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I mean, literally: how cool is the Large Hadron Collider?

Now you can find out. The LHC page has a map showing the temperatures of various aspects of the giant collider. As I write this, sectors 7-8 and 8-1 are the warmest at a balmy 20 - 60. But that's not Fahrenheit, or even Celsius: it's Kelvin, baby, and that's cold. 60 Kelvin is -213 Celsius, and -350 F. Yikes.

Temperature map of the Large Hadron Collider

But it'll get colder still. Soon the whole ring will be chilled to operating temperatures, and then away we go, smacking protons together at a whisper slower than light itself. What new physics will they find?