According to Researchers, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) can possibly turn out to be a first time machine. The Large Hadron Collider is the world’s largest and the most powerful particle accelerator. Being the most powerful particle collider, it is the most complex experimental facility ever built and the largest single machine in the world.

Purpose of LHC 

The Large Hadron Collider was built to replicate the conditions at the big bang, and answer humanity’s most basic questions — what are we made of and how did we come to exist? Scientists are still working on that, but have stumbled across something that promises to be even more exciting: The possibility of time travel and the time machine.

Time Machine and LHC
Image: CERN

As per the theory of Physicists Thomas Weiler and Chui Man Ho, the Large Hadron Collider– the world’s largest atom smasher, could be the first time machine capable of causing matter to travel backward in time.

Our theory is a long shot, but it doesn’t violate any laws of physics or experimental constraints.”

– Professor Thomas Weiler 

The Higgs Boson

One of the major goals of the collider was to find the elusive Higgs Boson: The God Particle that physicists invoke to explain why particles like protons, neutrons, and electrons have mass. It is known to be what caused the Big Bang billions of years ago. Higgs Boson is the particle that gives mass to the matter. Earlier it was just a theory but now, The God Particle actually exists. Researchers claimed that if the collider succeeds in producing the Higgs Boson, it is predicted that it will create a second particle, called the Higgs singlet, at the same time.

Also Watch: A simple explanation to what is Higgs boson

The Idea of Time Travel

According to Weiler and Ho’s theory, these singlets should have the ability to jump into an extra, fifth dimension where they can move either forward or backward in time and reappear in the future or past. The singlet is just a technical term used for a particle that doesn’t interact with the matter in the way we knew until today.

Time machine

Wait, the fifth dimension? How many dimensions are there?

According to M-theory, or the so-called “theory of everything,” there are as many as 11 dimensions, of which our universe uses only four, time being the fourth one. But the Higgs singlet, if it exists, is theoretically not restrained by the basic laws of physics that govern our universe.

Scientists believe that if this atom smasher can create the Higgs Boson and it gives mass to the matter produced by the atom smasher, then The Higgs Singlet (this matter with mass) will be able to travel through space and time. The Higgs Singlet can travel to other dimensions and then come back to our dimension. By traveling through the hidden dimension, Higgs singlets could re-enter our dimensions at a point forward or backward in time from when they exited.

“One of the attractive things about this approach to time travel is that it avoids all the big paradoxes. 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.”

– Professor Thomas Weiler

So with the discovery of the God particle, time travel will not just be possible but will be in our reach too and won’t just stay in theories. Researchers claim that this study does not deal with sending humans into the past but sending information backward or forward in time using Higgs Singlet.

So What Next?

Scientists want to see if monitoring the Hadron Collider, would result in the sighting of Higgs Singlet particles and its product, Higgs boson, appearing. If this succeeds, they will be able to send the particles produced back in time and make them appear before their collision. That is how the LHC can act as a potential time machine. Something mind-boggling right? Well, it has to be.

This article was written by Rishika Dange, an aerospace engineering student from Alliance University, Bangalore, India.

Also Read: 10 most expensive space missions in the history

31 thoughts on “How LHC Can Be The First Time Machine?”

  1. Can it also have any beneficial role in our human civilization?…cause if we can throw the higgs singlet particle in past and can bring it back in our present, is it possible to gain some valuable information through it… like can it give us some detail hypothetical idea of Mr. Nicola Tesla regarding transporting of electricity without any wire, using planet Earth as an medium itself..or something more valuable but so called abstract ideas of so many great scientists in our past …??can we also gather information about our future..?

  2. Pingback: 8 Interesting Facts About Neutrinos | Tegory%

  3. I’m a bit confused…they claim that it avoids all the paradoxes as this approach allows only the movement of Higgs singlets in the fifth dimension..and not humans so that we can avoid the Grandfather’s Paradox…
    But..they also claim that those movements can allows the exchange of messages backward and forward in time…can’t those signals lead to any action welcoming all the paradoxes again as the messages sent will be coded by humans…which may lead to desired consequences…?

  4. Pingback: Interstellar - 5 Amazing Facts About This Super-Blockbuster

  5. Okay, well I accepted everything above but how cam we fit the information in that extremely small particle, so called Huggs Singlets and transfer them to forward or backward in time? As atom is very small particle, composed of protons, neutrons and electrons and again electrons are very small particle which is supposed to be made up of Higgs boson particle, and also again Higgs Singlets are the particles predicted when that Higgs Boson particle was collided or may be side product. So how can we fit the information in that particle? Describe the process.

  6. Would this serve any military purpose. If so: then it would be highly dangerous and could be an Infinite trump card for militaries to win every battle. Or for a military to travel back in time and kill a young military leader or prime minster/ president. If used incorrectly it could be used to rig elections, or to change the infinite course of history. We’re getting a bit far in our expanse of scientific knowledge and then when would we draw the line. We could create life and destroy it if we don’t pace ourselves. Maybe time travel just shouldn’t be something humans actually use. Because it could cause complete and under destruction of our entire race.

  7. Pingback: Nuking Mars To Terraform It The Secrets Of The Universe

  8. Pingback: NASA's 4 Great Observatories | The Secrets Of The Universe

  9. Pingback: Top 10 Most Expensive Space Missions In The History

  10. Pingback: LIGO And The Detection Of The Gravitational Waves | Physics

  11. Wait , would not it leads to the information paradox .i.e if we could transfer information through the particle of our present to past , then it would lead to a paradox of from where the information come from if we in present got that from past and past folks got from us. I think this idea of singlets is quite hypothetical

  12. Pingback: What Are Feynman Diagrams And Why Are They So Important?

  13. Pingback: 5 Important Life Lessons Stephen Hawking Taught Us About Life

  14. Pingback: What Are Black Holes? The Secrets Of The Universe

  15. Pingback: Supernovae And Their Types | The Secrets Of The Universe

  16. Pingback: The ATLAS Experiment At CERN | The Secrets Of The Universe

  17. Pingback: Top 20 Quotes By Richard Feynman That Will Inspire You.

  18. Pingback: An Experiment That Precisely Measured The Gravitational Constant

  19. Pingback: Super-Kamiokande: How Does This Gigantic Japanese Observatory Decode The 'Ghost Particles' Of Nature?

  20. Pingback: Meet The Successor Of LHC - The 100 Km Long Future Circular Collider.

  21. Pingback: The Schrodinger's Cat Experiment In Quantum Mechanics.

  22. Pingback: ITER - The Future Of Energy Production | Tegories

  23. Pingback: Why Is The Moon Moving Away From Us And What Will Be Its Consequences?

  24. Pingback: Perseverance: Everything You Need To Know About Mars 2020 Rover

  25. Pingback: 75th Anniversary Of Hiroshima Bombing: 10 Facts About That Dreadful Day.

  26. Pingback: Internship At CERN: What I Learnt At The LHC

  27. Pingback: 90 Years Of Smashing Particles: How We Decoded Nature At Its Most Fundamental Level So Far?

  28. Pingback: Story Of Murray Gell-Mann: The Genius Who Peered At Particles And Saw The Universe.

  29. Pingback: An Elegant Experiment To Precisely Calculate The Value Of The Gravitational Constant.

  30. Pingback: A Quantum Experiment That Once Reported Particles Travelling Faster Than Light.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top