LHC particle accelerator magnet

LHC particle accelerator magnet

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Caption: LHC particle accelerator magnet. Prototype dipole superconducting magnet for the LHC (large hadron collider) at CERN (the European particle physics laboratory) near Geneva, Switzerland. The LHC is a 27-kilometre-long underground ring of superconducting magnets housed in a cooled pipe- like structure known as a cryostat. The magnets guide two counter-rotating proton beams. The beams are accelerated to an energy of 7 tera electron volts (TeV) and then brought to collide head on. Several detectors are being built around the LHC to detect the various subatomic particles produced by the collisions. A pilot run of the LHC is scheduled for summer 2007. Photographed in 1984.

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