Scintillator for detecting particles, CERN

Scintillator for detecting particles, CERN

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Caption: A large rectangular sheet of plastic scintillator is prepared for a particle detector at CERN, the European particle physics laboratory near Geneva. Charged particles traversing the sheet produce faint scintillations of light which are collected in the acrylic "light guides" above the man's head. These guides concentrate the light in the circular "pipe" at bottom, which will fit against a photomultiplier tube that converts the light into electrical signals. The whole structure will be wrapped in reflecting foil & then with layers of black tape, to make it completely light- tight. Scintillators are one of the many devices that make up modern electronic particle detectors.

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Keywords: cern, detector, european centre for, geneva, in physics, light guide, nuclear research, odyssey, particle physics laboratory, plastic scintillator, scintillator, switzerland

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