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Cern unveils €24bn design for next-generation colliders

An international collaboration has submitted designs for the next large-scale particle colliders that could be built at Europe’s particle physics laboratory Cern.

Cern unveiled the collaboration’s design for a Future Circular Collider on 15 January. The proposed €15-billion successor to the existing Large Hadron Collider (LHC) would stretch for 100km beneath the French and Swiss countryside around Geneva.

The FCC would be able to accelerate and collide a variety of subatomic particles to help probe the properties of matter and the universe, Cern said. Its ring would be made up of the latest superconducting electromagnets and would be able to impart ten times more acceleration energy to protons than its predecessor.

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