With the Large Hadron Collider going through a 24-month upgrade to 13 TeV starting in
February, the tunnel housing the LHC will be accessible once more. (Courtesy: CERN)

What’s in store for 2013?

Dec 20, 2012

Historians of physics will surely remember 2012 as the year when the Higgs boson – or a particle that looks very much like it – was finally discovered at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. Indeed, it should come as no surprise that the discovery was picked by us as the Physics World Breakthrough of the Year for 2012. The choice was an obvious one – too obvious perhaps – but it was one that we could hardly have overlooked. Yet for anyone who fears that Physics World is obsessed with particle physics – no, we’re not: the rest of our top 10 breakthroughs include everything from optics and astronomy to energy harvesting and the spooky properties of “twisted” light.

But what will happen in the world of physics in 2013? What will be the key discoveries of the year, who will make them and where? The beauty of physics, of course, is that no-one knows for sure. But that hasn’t stopped us here at Physics World from gazing into our (quasi) crystal ball and making our predictions for what we think will happen next year, what might take place – and what definitely won’t. One thing is for sure: we will be here to cover the world of physics next year.

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