"We have very long lead times because our projects are ambitious, and they need a lot of research and development. Take as an example the LHC. It is just three years into full swing, but the real discussions on the LHC started in 1983; the first meeting on the physics in 1984. And the first data were taken in 2009. So we need a long lead time. And that's why we start now to kick off this project."
The new machine could come online by 2035.
At the moment, Heuer and his physicists can't play with even the LHC. It is closed for maintenance while they juice up its energy - already the highest of all the world's colliders - as they prepare it to hunt for dark matter. The LHC has been handy at spotting a number of other previously elusive rascals, such as antimatter and the Higgs Boson.
Just think what they might find under the Alps once the titanic tunnel comes on line with unparalleled energy levels. They sure seem excited about it at CERN. As the t-shirt says, particle physics gives them a hadron.
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