UA1 particle detector at CERN, Geneva

UA1 particle detector at CERN, Geneva

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Credit: PROF. P.I.P. KALMUS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: View from above of the huge UA1 particle detector being rolled into position in the collider tunnel at CERN, the particle physics laboratory outside Geneva. The detector, in its 60-metre deep pit, is partly visible towards the top of the picture; most of it is already within the tunnel of CERN's Super-Proton-Synchrotron (SPS) proton/antiproton collider. In 1983, UA1 discovered the W and Z particles, the mediators of the weak nuclear force. The discovery provided important confirmat- ion of "electroweak" theory & earned the 1986 Nobel prize in physics for Carlo Rubbia, the Italian leader of UA1's multinational team.

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