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LHC dipole in tunnel at CERN. Illustration showing integration of several parts of a dipole component of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN (the European particle physics laboratory) near Geneva, Switzerland. The illustration shows an open interconnection. The LHC, the world's largest and most powerful particle collider, began operating in 2008. The collision energy creates new particles that will decay into other particles. These are detected by equipment installed around the central collision point. The LHC energies have allowed study of exotic material like quark-gluon plasma, a form of quark matter. This illustration was published in 2015.
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