Super-Proton-Synchrotron accelerator, CERN

Super-Proton-Synchrotron accelerator, CERN

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Caption: View of the Super-Proton-Synchrotron (SPS) accelerator at CERN, the European particle physics laboratory outside Geneva. The photo shows the beam pipe through which protons and antiprotons travel around the SPS ring, encased in huge magnets which are used to bend and focus the particles during their journey. The protons and antiprotons travel round the ring many times until they are travelling at almost the speed of light, when they are smashed into each other within huge detectors located astride the beam pipe at several locations around the ring. The notices warn of radiation produced in the SPS's underground tunnel when the accelerator is running.

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Keywords: accelerator, cern, european centre for, geneva, nuclear research, particle physics laboratory, sps accelerator, switzerland

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