In this month's staff targeted bulletin, CERN's Theory Group made this statement on their work in the coming years:
"Parallel universes, unknown forms of matter, extra dimensions... These are not the stuff of cheap science fiction but very concrete physics theories that scientists are trying to confirm with the LHC and other experiments."
As particles are collided in the vast underground LHC complex at increasingly high energies, what the Bulletin article referred to informally as the "universe's extra bits" -- if they do exist as predicted -- should be brought into computerized, if ephemeral, view, the theorists say.
By mid-October, Director-General Rolf Heuer told staff last weekend, protons were being collided along the 27-km (16.8 mile) subterranean ring at the rate of 5 million a second -- two weeks earlier than the target date for that total.
By next year, collisions will be occurring -- if all continues to go well -- at a rate producing what physicists call one "inverse femtobarn," best described as a colossal amount, of information for analysts to ponder.
The head-on collisions, at all but the speed of light, recreate what happened a tiny fraction of a second after the primeval "Big Bang" 13.7 billion years ago which brought the known universe and everything in it into being.
Billions of particles flying off from each LHC collision are tracked at four CERN detectors -- and then in collaborating laboratories around the globe -- to establish when and how they come together and what shapes they take. The CERN theoreticians say this could give clear signs of dimensions beyond length, breadth, depth and time because at such high energy particles could be tracked disappearing -- presumably into them -- and then back into the classical four
It is theorized that somewhere in these "disappearing acts" might lay the proof of parallel universes. Sadly though, it is expected that these "Parallel universes" will only be of the "gravitational" variety that light cannot propagate in thus rendering them incapable of being explored.
Life Stranger Than Fiction...
Just think... proof of a parallel world really exists...
This would change everything not just in the realm of physics but also in the realm of philosophy...
We would need to know just what our connection is with these parallel multiverses that it seems our very existence produces...
Do their choices influence ours? Ours theirs??
Might there one day be a serial murderer capable of using the excuse of "It wasn't my fault but rather the choices made by an alternate "me" (or alternate "me"s should the CERN experiments prove the existence of multiple parallel worlds) that left me with this inevitable outcome due to choices that they made" as a defensive strategy and not get his ass laughed out of court?
Or an adulterous spouse blaming the steadfast fidelity of their parallel counterparts for their apparent lack thereof?
There is a brave new confusing world coming people... be sure to bring a towel...