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5 Mind-Blowing Scientific Research Machines

Borexino and DarkSide
Gran Sasso National Laboratory, Assergi, Italy

Borexino and DarkSide are situated 1.4 km (0.87 miles) under the earth’s surface in the world’s biggest underground laboratory for experimentations in particle astrophysics. Merely a minute fraction of the contents of the cosmos is observable matter, the rest is supposed to be composed of dark matter and dark energy. An important theory for dark matter is that it contains Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs). The DarkSide test tries to spot these particles to better comprehend the nature of dark matter and its connections. These experiments use NI oscilloscopes to attain electrical signals causing from scintillation light caught by the photomultiplier tubes (PMTs). In DarkSide, 200 high-speed, high-resolution stations need to be strongly coordinated to create time-of-flight measurements of photons. Learn more about Borexino here and DarkSide here.

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Joint European Torus (JET)
Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE), Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Presently the major experimental tokamak fusion reactor on earth, JET uses magnetic confinement to comprise plasma at about 100 million degrees Celsius, approximately seven times the temperature of the sun’s core which is 15 million degrees Celsius. Nuclear fusion is the procedure that powers the sun. Binding this kind of energy can aid to resolve the world’s rising energy demand. Joint European Torus (JET) is vital to the study and development for future bigger fusion reactors. You can learn more about Joint European Torus (JET) here.

Large Hadron Collider (LHC)
CERN, Geneva, Switzerland

The LHC is the major and most powerful particle accelerator on earth, situated in a 27 km (16.78 mile) loop tunnel under Switzerland and France. The experiments carried out at LHC have already discovered the Higgs boson, considered as “God Particle” that provides everything its mass. CERN is set to reopen the advanced LHC in initial 2015 at considerably higher energies to help physicists review deeper into the nature of the universe and report the queries of supersymmetry and dark matter. You can read more about LHC here.
Z Machine
Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

The world’s main X-ray generator is used for numerous high-pulsed power experimentations demanding great temperatures and pressures. This comprises inertial confinement fusion study. The tremendously high voltages are attained by rapidly discharging vast capacitors in a large insulated immersion of oil and water onto a principal target. Learn more about Z machine here.
European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT)
European Southern Observatory (ESO), Cerro Armazones, Chile
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The E-ELT is the major optical/near-infrared ground-based telescope being constructed by ESO in northern Chile. It will permit astronomers to observe more deep into space and explore several unanswered queries about the cosmos. Pictures from E-ELT will be 16 times sharper than those from the Hubble Space Telescope, letting astronomers to observe the creation and even the atmospheres of extrasolar planets. The main M1 mirror (presented in the image) is approximately 40 m (131 ft) in diameter, containing about 800 hexagonal segments. Learn more about E-ELT here.

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