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Big discoveries to come from small experiments?

The discovery of the Higgs boson — one of the most monumental achievements in modern physics — required the 27-kilometre, multi-billion-dollar Large Hadron Collider.

While some future experiments will require an even larger beam-smasher, however, others may emerge from a new class of experiments that would fit on your kitchen table.

An article published this week in The Economist looks at particle physics experiments that substitute raw power for incredible precision, at a fraction of the size and cost of their large-scale counterparts.

Perimeter Institute Faculty member Asimina Arvanitaki is among the researchers profiled in the piece for her work proposing small-scale experiments in quest to understand the universe’s elusive dark matter.

“Small though these [experiments] may be,” reads the article, “their ambition rivals that of the largest experiment on the planet.”

Read the full article on The Economist.

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