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article imagePhysicist: Large Hadron Collider could be used as time machine

By Andrew Moran     Mar 17, 2011 in Science
Geneva - Physics of the impossible? Or physics of the future? One physicist believes the world's largest atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider, could double as a time machine that could allow people to go back in time.
Time travelling has become one of the more famous theories when discussing physics. Scientists have proposed theories that come to the conclusion that it is possible to go back in time, but others suggest it’s impossible.
One physics professor says the controversial Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest atom smasher, could actually be used as a time travelling machine, according to the International Business Times.
“Our theory is a long shot,” said physics professor at the Vanderbilt University, Tom Weiler. “But it doesn’t violate any laws of physics or experimental constraints.”
Cover of H.G. Wells  classic  The Time Machine.
Cover of H.G. Wells' classic "The Time Machine."
The LHC was put into operation last year in order to discover Higgs boson – part of an invisible force that is believed to give mass to particles in the universe. Weiler, and his assistant, Vanderbilt graduate Chui Man Ho, wrote down their theories on paper and concluded that if the atom smasher can reproduce Higgs boson then it is certainly possible to produce Higgs singlet, notes MSNBC.
Higgs singlet is a particle that may be able to travel to the fifth dimension, but only if our universe follows the laws of M-Theory, which requires there to be 10 or 11 dimensions.
“One of the attractive things about this approach to time travel is that it avoids all the big paradoxes,” said Weiler, reports CBS News. “Because time travel is limited to these special particles, it is not possible for a man to travel back in time and murder one of his parents before he himself is born, for example. However, if scientists could control the production of Higgs singlets, they might be able to send messages to the past or future.”
Sify reports that if physicists who monitor the LHC begin to detect Higgs singlet particles then the two believe they have been produced by particles that travel back and forth through time to appear prior to the collisions that generated them.
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