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Large Hadron Collider Photos

By August 3, 2008

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CMS Detector (Maximilien Brice, CERN)The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN is an amazing particle accelerator intended to explore the Standard Model by smashing beams of 7 TeV protons. Boston.com has posted a series of CERN's photos of the world's largest accelerator. The LHC is ready to get fired up and tested, but before any collisions can take place the entire collider must be chilled to -271.25 C (-456.25 F). I find myself wondering just how that is going to be accomplished. Keep in mind the circular collider has a diameter of 27 km (17 mi), with a 3.8 m tunnel. It's incredibly beautiful. The photos at Boston.com showcase some of the highlights, but there are even more pictures available at CERN's Press Office.

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October 21, 2009 at 12:08 pm
(1) Poiuyt Man says:

The LHC is 27km in circumference, not diameter. Dividing by pi, that makes it about 8.6km in diameter.

September 27, 2013 at 6:20 am
(2) Ashwini Singh says:

Does the scientific community realise that they have actually built a “”TIME machine”", however BOTH way of use & size ARE different BUT in reality this is a mini time machine .Also if this experiment goes wrong the area in use will be a very Quite place for a long time .

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