The Large Hadron Collider has already found the “God particle” and now it could be on the verge of discovering a “parallel universe.” The “atom smasher” at CERN in Geneva is now operating at its highest level in a bid to detect miniature black holes, which are considered a key sign of a “multiverse.”
The data that has been being collected since since June is now being carefully analyzed.
The experiment may alarm critics who fear that the Large Hadron Collider could bring about the end of the world, but scientists say the ground-breaking experiment could transform our understanding of the universe. “Just as many parallel sheets of paper, which are two dimensional objects (breadth and length) can exist in a third dimension (height), parallel universes can also exist in higher dimensions” CERN employee Professor Mir Faizal explained. “We predict that gravity can leak into extra dimensions, and if it does, then miniature black holes can be produced at the LHC.” He added, “Normally, when people think of the multiverse, they think of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, where every possibility is actualized. This cannot be tested and so it is philosophy and not science. This is not what we mean by parallel universes. What we mean is real universes in extra dimensions,” ZME Science reported.
In March, Professor Faizal and his team calculated the energy at which they expect to detect mini black holes in gravity’s rainbow. “If we do detect mini black holes at this energy, then we will know that both gravity’s rainbow and extra dimensions are correct,” he explained.
the detection of small black holes possible for the first time, as since June the energy with which the Large Hadron Collider smashes particles together is twice what it was during the time when it made the discovery of the Higgs boson. Billions of particles flying off from each Large Hadron Collider collision are tracked at CERN detectors 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.
At such high energy gravity many be even tracked disappearing into them. Parallel universes can exist within these dimensions, the theory goes, but only gravity can leave our universe into these extra dimensions. If extra dimensions do exist, experts believe they would lower the energy required to produce black holes.
Professor Faizal said in March that the reason these black holes have yet to be detected is because our current model of gravity gets modified at very high energies. According to Phys.org, in the latest study, the new theory of gravity’s rainbow has been used to account for why the Large Hadron Collider has not yet found tiny black holes.
Einstein’s theory of relativity states that gravity is caused by space and time curving. Gravity’s rainbow says that space and time curve differently for particles of different energy. Therefore, gravity’s rainbow suggests that gravity’s effect on the cosmos causes different wavelengths of light to behave differently. This means that particles with different energies will move in space-times and gravitational fields differently.
Using gravity’s rainbow, the scientists found that more energy is required to detect mini black holes at the Large Hadron Collider than previously thought. Before June the Large Hadron Collider has searched for mini black holes at energy levels below 5.3 TeV. But the study said that this is too low. It predicts that black holes may form at energy levels of at least 9.5 TeV in six dimensions and 11.9 TeV in 10 dimensions so they could potentially be detected now that the Large Hadron Collider is running at 13TeV.
Very excitingly, if mini black holes are detected at the Large Hadron Collider at the predicted energies, it would prove the existence of extra dimensions and by extension parallel universes, said Ahmed Farag Ali from Florida State University. Mohammed Khalil told Phys.org, “If black holes are not detected at the predicted energy levels, this would mean one of three possibilities. One, extra dimensions do not exist. Two, they exist, but they are smaller than expected. Or three, the parameters of gravity’s rainbow need to be modified.”