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Higgs Boson Heat Change Mug

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Discover your own God particle

  • Black mug with the components of the LHC
  • When heated, a proton collision appears
  • Roughly 1:100000 scale
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Discover your own God particle

Generally, when something bad happens at our day-to-day jobs, alarmists don't freak out that we might cause a black hole. For us, we take bad photos? We write bad copy? We buy bad products? Things don't sell. Very different than meeting an event horizon head-on, which is what some folks worried about when the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was switched on.

Keep a tiny version of this testament to collaboration in science on your desk. The six major components of the LHC are printed around the circumference of this black mug. When heated, a visualization of a proton-proton collision, the type recorded by Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector, appears on the mug, possibly producing your own personal Higgs boson! See below for full text.

Text on the mug:

  • LHCb
    Large Hadron Collider beauty
    Records the decay of B mesons.
    Hey! Where'd all the antimatter go?
    Ferney-Voltaire, France
  • ATLAS
    A Toroidal LHC ApparatuS
    Detects the broadest possible range of signals.
    Mmm. Magnetic doughnut.
    LCHf
    Large Hadron Collider forward
    Analyzes the energy and number of neutral pions produced.
    Cosmic rays! Pew pew pew!
    Meyrin, Switzerland
  • ALICE
    A Large Ion Collider Experiment
    Studies heavy ion collision.
    Quark-Gluon Plasma Donation TODAY!
    Saint-Genis-Pouilly, France
  • CMS (on the back)
    Compact Muon Solenoid
    Contains the world's largest silicon detector.
    "Compact" is relative.
    TOTEM
    TOTal Elastic and diffractive cross section Measurement
    Measures the size of protons and monitors luminosity.
    Anybody seen the Higgs boson? Anybody?
    Cessy, France

Product Specifications

  • Black mug with the components of the LHC printed around its circumference
  • When you put hot liquid in the mug, a proton collision appears, possibly producing your own personal Higgs boson!
  • Roughly 1:100000 scale
  • Capacity: 10 oz.
  • Materials: Ceramic
  • Not dishwasher-safe
  • Not microwave-safe