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.

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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.

  • (Credit: Maximilien Brice/CERN)

    One end of the CMS detector during the LHC's assembly in 2007.

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