L3 particle detector, CERN

L3 particle detector, CERN

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Credit: PHILIPPE PLAILLY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Technicians work on the L3 detector at CERN, the European centre for particle physics near Geneva. L3 is one of 4 giant particle detectors at the LEP collider. LEP collides electrons and positrons accelerated to an energy of 50 GeV in a circular tunnel 100m underground and 27km in circumference. L3 is a cylindrical assembly of many types of apparatus which fit like layers of an onion around the point where the particles collide. The photo shows L3's cylindrical central detector (white) and one of its end- caps (red). L3 involves 460 physicists from 13 European and other countries, including China, India, Russia and the USA.

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Keywords: cern, detector, detector at, european centre for, geneva, l3 detector, lep collider, nuclear research, particle physics laboratory, switzerland, technician, technicians

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