In a special ceremony in Geneva, scientists announced the final installation of the latest linear accelerator at CERN. Known as the LINAC 4, it promises to be something special for the world-famous scientific project running under the ground of Switzerland. It could also have huge repercussions in multiple disciplines of the academic world.
LINAC 4, First Step of More To Come
That is triple what it can do today. By the time all upgrades are complete in 2025, they hope that the top level will be five times more powerful.
One of the main things this machine will do is help discover more about the Higgs boson. This is probably the most renowned discovery at CERN. However, with this miniaturized technology, scientists believe there are other potential applications in other areas as well. It could help bring advances in anything from medicine to archaeology.
For example, in medicine, it may be able to create isotopes of certain elements that can then be used to treat cancer. These manufactured isotopes could last far longer than the currently used ones.
“With our portable technology, they could be made inside the hospital already,” claimed Linac 4 project leader, Maurizio Vretenar.