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Were Protons Accelerated To Reach The Speed Of Light In The Large Hadron Collider?


A particle accelerated to reach the speed of light will begin to reduce in size when nearing the speed of light. According to this theory, at 90% the speed of light, the length of the particle in its direction of motion of will reduce to 50% of its original length. Thereafter its reduction in length will be logarithmic such that at 100% the speed of light, its "length" would reach zero. The protons in the Hadron Collider were accelerated to 99.999% the speed of light. In this case, the "diameter" of the protons would have shrunk to near zero. Did this happen in the Hadron Collider experiment?

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AlexK2009 says

4 years ago
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    quicksand 4 years ago

    Oops! I Just realized the relationship between volume and "physical length" involving the players in this experiment. Thanks for your views. :)

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    quicksand 4 years ago

    Fortunately it did not disappear altogether rendering the experiment invalid! Thanks for your comment and the link. :)

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    quicksand 4 years ago

    These mini black holes existed for an infinitesimally small period of time. Thank GOD (particle) that some fears were not justified. :) Cheers!

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EvansP says

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    quicksand 4 years ago

    Yeah, sure. When the velocity tends to "c" (speed of light) the mass tends to infinity. There were two options for me to include in my question. One involving the diminishing size and the other involving increase in mass. Thanks for responding :)

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