EF-6: LHC

The sixth story in the Energy Flow series delves into the microscopic world of particle physics. A path through clinical scientific facilities and high-tech superstructures leads us to a series of fantastic and hyperreal particle collisions.

Bold and fragile, forceful and delicate, they reveal a stunning, imaginative underworld of sub-atomic energy transference.

Director Maxim Meshkov (DXMIQ) created LHC as a contribution to Energy Flow.

"A depiction of the beauty of science"

Maxim Meshkov (DXMIQ), Director

Inspiration

The cutting edge scientific research at facilities like the Large Hadron Collider has brought deep science back to a mainstream level.

Groundbreaking results like the suggested discovery of the Higgs boson in July 2012 at the Large Hadron Collider, which was called the "only missing member on the roster of the universe’s basic building blocks", are sparking the imagination of the general public with visual simulations of particle collisions, data visualisations and reports in widespread magazines.

The Large Hadron Collider

In the quest to satisfy our desire to understand the deeper levels of our world, man has gone to great lengths in this exploration of physics. LHC becomes a representation of the epic effort we go to in penetrating the deeper levels of our universe, striving to understand the matter, mass, and energy it is made of.

Simulation of a decaying Higgs boson

Technical Approach

A variety of 3D animation techniques was used to simulate the particle collisions: some explosions forms fields with chaotic motion, or organize themselves into ordered structures, or form a new kind of atom-like structures.

Fractal tree structures, nodal networks, or chaotic trajectories are some of the principles applied to grow these captivating structures out of a single point of barely visible size.

Pencil Sketches by Maxim Meshkov
Fractal Tree structure
Previews of 3D particle explosions