The astoundingly complex LHC “atom smasher” at the CERN center in Geneva, Switzerland, will be fired up to its maximum energy levels ever in an attempt to spot - or even generate - tiny black holes. If successful a totally new universe will be exposed – modifying completely not only the physics books but the philosophy books too. It is even probable that gravity from our own universe may “transfer” into this parallel universe, researchers at the LHC say. The experiment is assured to intensify alarmist critics of the LHC, many of whom at first warned the high energy particle collider would start the end of our universe with the making a black hole of its own. But so far Geneva stays intact and securely outside the event horizon.
“We predict that gravity can leak into extra dimensions, and if it does, then miniature black holes can be produced at the LHC. Normally, when people think of the multiverse, they think of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, where every possibility is actualised. This cannot be tested and so it is philosophy and not science. This is not what we mean by parallel universes. What we mean is real universes in extra dimensions. “As gravity can flow out of our universe into the extra dimensions, such a model can be tested by the detection of mini black holes at the LHC.”
“We have calculated the energy at which we expect to detect these mini black holes in ‘gravity's rainbow’ [a new scientific theory].”
“If we do detect mini black holes at this energy, then we will know that both gravity's rainbow and extra dimensions are correct."
When the LHC is fired up the energy is calculated in Tera electron volts – a TeV is 1,000,000,000,000, or one trillion, electron Volts. Up to now, the LHC has hunted for mini black holes at energy levels below 5.3 TeV. But the most recent study says this is too low.
Instead, the model forecasts that black holes might form at energy levels of no less than 9.5 TeV in six dimensions and 11.9 TeV in 10 dimensions.