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)

    The LHC's primary control centre is used to monitor and run the particle accelerator. This pod of screens is matched by four others for other tasks. Separate control centres are used for the experiments. The green screens toward the left signal that all is well with hundreds of subsystems.

  • (Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET)

    The LHC requires tremendous computing power to store data. A primary copy of the data is stored at CERN, but it's replicated elsewhere across the planet.

  • (Credit: Claudia Marcelloni/CERN)

    A view inside the ATLAS (A Toroidal LHC ApparatuS) detector. Physicists hope to use the detector to find and detail the Higgs boson, a particle believed to imbue more conventional matter with mass.

Topic: Data Centers

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