SPS Accelerator at CERN

SPS Accelerator at CERN

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Caption: The Super-Proton-Synchrotron (SPS) accelerator at CERN, the European particle physics laboratory outside Geneva. The photo shows the underground tunnel containing the beam pipe through which protons & antiprotons travel in opposite direct- ions around the SPS ring. The pipe itself can be glimpsed at the left of the picture, but for most of its length it is encased in huge magnets which bend & focus the particles. The protons & antiprotons make millions of circuits of the ring, until they are moving at almost the speed of light. They are then smashed into each other within huge detectors located astride the beam pipe at several locations around the ring.

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