Moving at top speed, your average ant will create roughly the equivalent of one trillion electron volts
For comparison, the energy of visible light is between 2 and 3 electron volts
Tuesday's experiment took place at a record total collision energy of 7 billion billion electron volts
and at a nano-fraction of a second slower than the speed of light in the 16.
The new results show an unexpected surplus of cosmic ray electrons at very high energy - 300-800 billion electron volts
- that must come from a previously unidentified source or from the annihilation of very exotic theoretical particles used to explain dark matter.
In a milestone in the 10 billion USD Large Hadron Collider's ambitious bid to reveal details about theoretical particles and microforces, scientists at the CERN collided the beams and took measurements at a combined energy level of seven trillion electron volts
The cartons travel to a windowless, concrete room, where they are zapped with an invisible beam carrying 10 million electron volts
Optical light, in comparison, is about 2 electron volts
But a blip at about 126 billion electron volts
signals the likely presence of a new particle.
The primary instrument is the Large Area Telescope, which detects gamma rays with energies of 20 million electron volts
to greater than 300 billion electron volts
The most plausible explanation for the high energy is that protons bouncing back and forth between the two stellar winds attain energies of at least 10 trillion electron volts
Reports said that two proton beams circulating in alternate directions collided and reached the maximum planned energy levels of seven trillion electron volts
within a few minutes.
So the Large Hadron Collider was designed to collide protons with energies exceeding several trillion electron volts