Large Hadron Collider tech: photos

Large Hadron Collider tech: photos

Summary: Ever wondered how it is possible to accelerate particles through a tube underground until they reach such speeds that their collision can simulate the big bang? We go behind the scenes to show you the tech behind the Large Hadron Collider.

TOPICS: Data Centers

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  • (Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET)

    Mirko Pojer, a physicist and the engineer in charge of LHC operations, explains properties of the LHC's two counter-circulating proton beams.

  • (Credit: Maximilien Brice/CERN)

    In a September 2008 incident at the LHC, electrical current resistance heated this area until liquid helium burst into a gas, damaging the LHC and forcing a delay in operation and an amended design.

  • (Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET)

    This shot shows the exposed innards of a junction between two superconducting magnet sections at the LHC. The electrical bus connection toward the upper right failed in September 2008, overheating and causing a serious operational incident.

Topic: Data Centers

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