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Elon Musk dreams of digging a tunnel for a new particle accelerator (5 photos)

The Boring Company has little experience in creating tunnels, but director and founder of the company, Elon Musk, wants to build a tunnel for the next CERN particle accelerator. Илон Маск мечтает прорыть тоннель для нового ускорителя частиц (5 фото) CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, the world’s largest high-energy physics laboratory, recently announced it plans to build the Future Circular Collider (Future Ring Collider, or FCC). This massive particle accelerator will help researchers discover some of the biggest secrets of physics. It is likely that Elon Musk will indeed be able to play a significant role in the implementation of this project. After the release of FCC material, Musk said on his Twitter that the CERN director asked him if Boring Co. was ready to the construction of a new tunnel for the LHC. Илон Маск мечтает прорыть тоннель для нового ускорителя частиц (5 фото) The LHC mentioned by Mask is the Large Hadron Collider, which was built in a huge tunnel underground. With it, researchers accelerate particles to unbelievably high speeds, after which they collide with each other. It is currently the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. However, the FCC’s capacity will be 10 times greater, the tunnel in which it will be located is four times longer. Musk did not immediately explain whether he meant the “new LHC” FCC, mentioned in the CERN material and apparently in need of a new tunnel. Илон Маск мечтает прорыть тоннель для нового ускорителя частиц (5 фото) As expected at CERN, only the construction of the tunnel will take about 5.7 billion euros. But, as Mask assures in his tweet, if he works on the project, his “Boring Company” may even save them a couple of billion. In general, about 20 billion euros will be spent on grandiose construction of a length of 100 km. Илон Маск мечтает прорыть тоннель для нового ускорителя частиц (5 фото) The proposal may turn out to be very profitable for CERN. But it is difficult to predict whether the expectations of Elon Musk will be met. Indeed, so far the only project that the Boring Company has completed is a demonstration tunnel in Los Angeles that is only about 2 kilometers long. At first, it would be nice to reach the FCC scale. However, CERN plans to build a new collider only by 2050, not earlier. So, the offspring of Mask still have time to get enough experience to move to larger projects., Bbc.com

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