Speaking at the EuroScience Open Forum Meeting in Copenhagen, senior CERN physicist Fabiola Gianotti said: “The discovery of a Higgs boson was just the beginning of the LHC’s journey. The increase in energy opens the door to a whole new discovery potential.”
“There is a new buzz about the laboratory and a real sense of anticipation,” added Cern Directory General Rolf Heuer. “Much work has been carried out on the LHC over the last 18 months or so, and it’s effectively a new machine, poised to set us on the path to new discoveries.”
When it was first announced, scientists said it could prove to be the discovery of the century. But now Cern’s top team believes there is more to come, hoping in particular to find out more about dark matter.
Physicists believe dark matter makes up most of the universe and explains how it works and holds together – but at the moment, we know so little about it that some scientists argue we cannot even comprehensively say it exists.
Perhaps the second run of the LHC could change that.