Can You Hear the Music of the Higgs?

Researchers at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have been produced lots and lots of data since the facility came online.  As is common with many large collections of data, researchers have developed visualizations of the data to recreate the particle collisions produced by the LHC.

Some researchers, however, are exploring whether a different sense may provide insight into the LHC data.  Using music comparison software, physicist Lily Asquith converted LHC data into sound.  While those who have listened may not characterize the sound as music, it’s possible that listening to the data may provide insight that the pictures cannot.  You can give it a shot:

Sounds of the LHC

You can read more about the project, and the technical details associated with converting data into sound, at the LHC Sounds blog.  As it happens, the sounds project is connected to the ATLAS experiment, which recently made a different kind of musical news.  Musicians on the ATLAS staff are probably intrigued by the idea of hearing their work.  As it happens, Dr. Asquith does not appear to be connected to the ATLAS Resonance Project; but if the ATLAS Sounds project wasn’t located in the U.K., I’d bet that at least some of the Resonance musicians would be involved.