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(Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET)
At the heart of the LHC are 1232 dipole magnets, of which this is a cross section. The dipole magnet creates a nearly linear magnetic field that steers the beam of ionised particles around the accelerator. Two beams travel separately in opposite directions through the left and right central channels.
(Credit: Maximilien Brice/CERN)
The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment is one of two geared for a variety of tasks, including finding the elusive Higgs boson. Because the LHC is underground, equipment such as this massive end cap for the CMS experiment must be lowered with cranes. This cap was at one end of the cylindrical detector.