Behind the scenes at particle physics labs

Behind the scenes at particle physics labs

Summary: Photographers have captured the backroom life and sights at Cern and other accelerator facilities around the world as part of a global competition

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  • Diego Giol's photo of the test beamline for Linac 4 took first place in the local competition at Cern, the home of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

    The Linac 4 linear accelerator is earmarked to take over from the 30-year-old Linac 2 at the physics complex. It is 86m long and promises to deliver beams at 160MeV, compared with the 50MeV beams provided by its predecessor. Cern expects Linac 4 to come into operation in 2013, when it will act as the first link in the proton acceleration chain for the LHC.

    The photo shows the movable tuner and RF power coupler in Linac 4's medium-energy beam transport line. The cable in the foreground waits for the tuner's stepper motor.

    Photo credit: Diego Giol/Cern

  • At Triumf, the octopus-like 8pi spectrometer shown in this photo by Bahar Habibi is used to measure rare isotope decay.

    Photo credit: Bahar Habibi/Triumf

  • This shot by Matthias Raabe shows the accelerator tunnel for Hera, the Hadron Electron Ring Accelerator, at Desy in Hamburg. The two-ring accelerator, which took six years to build before coming online in 1990, is the world's only electron-proton collider. The Hera tunnel runs for 6km at a depth of up to 25m.

    Photo credit: Matthias Raabe/Desy

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