A TeV is a unit of energy used in particle physics. 1 TeV is about the energy of motion of a flying mosquito. What makes the LHC so extraordinary is that it squeezes energy into a space about a million million times smaller than a mosquito.
TeV stands for tera electron Volts. That is 1,000,000,000,000
electron Volts or 1012 electron Volts. [tera - f. Gr.
An electron volt is an unit of energy, particularly used in atomic and nuclear processes. It is the energy given to an electron by accelerating it through 1 volt of electric potential difference.The abbreviation for electron volt is eV.
Energies in electron volts
An adult female mosquito weighs only about 2.0 milligrams (about 1/15,000 ounce).
1 eV = 1.6 x 10-19 Joules
1 TeV = 1.6 x 10-19 x 1012 Joules = 1.6 x 10-7 Joules
1/2 m v2 = 1.6 x 10-7 Joules, m = 2 x 10-6 kg therefore v = 0.4 m/s = 1.4 kph
Apparently Mosquitoes can fly about 1 to 1.5 miles per hour. 1 mph = 1.6 kph so our mosquito is a little slow, but the comparison is a good one.