Diagram of particle accelerators, CERN

Diagram of particle accelerators, CERN

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Caption: Diagram of the particle accelerators at CERN, the European particle physics laboratory straddling the French/Swiss border outside Geneva, in 1976. Protons are first accelerated in the small white ring to the left of the Proton Synchrotron (PS). The PS then accelerates them to higher energies before injecting them into either the Interesecting Storage Rings (ISR), where protons collide head-on where the two rings intersect, or into the Super-Proton- Synchrotron (SPS) where they are accelerated up to 600 GeV before being drawn off to smash into fixed targets. In the 1980s, the SPS was converted to a collider, in which protons & antiprotons collide within the accelerator.

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

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