Tunnel of SPS particle accelerator

Tunnel of SPS particle accelerator

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Caption: The tunnel of the Super-Proton-Synchrotron (SPS) particle accelerator at CERN, the European particle physics laboratory outside Geneva. The SPS first accelerated protons in 1976, achieving energies of 400 GeV. Since 1981, the machine has also operated as a proton-antiproton collider, with the same bending magnets (red) & focusing magnets (blue) guiding protons and antiprotons around the ring in opposite directions. The accelerator forms an underground ring 7 km in circumference. The photo was taken in 1976, shortly before the SPS began operating.

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

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