He may only be 10-years-old but Jim Payton, from a small town in Massachusetts, has built a fully functioning Hadron Collider in his bedroom. Now dubbed as the ‘Collider Boy’ by the media, he is finding new found fame and worldwide scientific accolades.
“I had the idea after watching eighties movie, Weird Science, as well as the current CERN Hadron Collider live web stream footage. I incorporated the synchotron from bicycle parts found in my dad’s shed. The high energy particle accelerator already collides protons at over 12 teraelectronvolts, which is a phenomenal amount of energy and supersedes anything that CERN has achieved so far. What the adults at CERN neglected to understand is that, small is big when it comes to supersymmetry, and as you can see, I have replicated their particle collider on a miniature scale that is much more efficient and powerful.”
It has taken Jim Payton over three years to make the Collider in his room and his parents have been very supportive of his work.
Jim’s father Peter would provide his son with the parts he needed by ordering them from specialised outlets whilst his mother would provide plenty of cookies and milk.
Jim wants to patent his Mini Hadron Collider so that anyone can buy one.
“The possibilities are endless, especially regarding other dimensions and dark matter. During our initial firing up process there was an incredible bright light and a bunch of quark-gluon plasma swallowed up my cat Tubbs. We don’t know where he is now, but hope he’s OK.”