The Large Hadron Collider/ATLAS at CERN

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    ATLAS (A Toroidal LHC ApparatuS) is one of the six particle detector experiments (ALICE, ATLAS, CMS, TOTEM, LHCb, and LHCf) currently being constructed at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The LHC is a particle accelerator and collider located at CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland (46°14_N, 6°03_E). Currently under construction, the LHC is scheduled to begin operation in May 2008 and ATLAS in mid-2008. When completed, ATLAS will be 46 metres long and 25 metres in diameter, and will weigh about 7,000 tonnes.

    The LHC is expected to become the world's largest and highest energy particle accelerator. The LHC is being funded and built in collaboration with over 2,000 scientists and engineers at 165 universities and laboratories in 35 countries.

    When activated, it is hoped that the collider will produce the elusive Higgs boson — often dubbed the God Particle — the observation of which could confirm the predictions and 'missing links' in the Standard Model of physics, and explain how other elementary particles acquire properties such as mass. The verification of the existence of the Higgs boson would be a significant step in the search for a Grand Unified Theory which seeks to unify three of the four fundamental forces: electromagnetism, the strong force, and the weak force. The Higgs boson may also help to explain why the remaining force, gravitation, is so weak compared to the other three forces.

    Credit: CERN
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    ! Polyhedra !, Shane James Kramer, and 91 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. GenXmom 72 months ago | reply

      My God, it's full of stars...

    2. randomonix 68 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Large Hadron Collider, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    3. JoeDuck 68 months ago | reply

      My, what a large Hadron Collider you have.

    4. jeppe2 61 months ago | reply

      Looks almost like a spaceship/station from Star Wars or something...

    5. garthac 59 months ago | reply

      its the ultimate gadget in the world... i want one for christmas!

    6. Edward Betts 58 months ago | reply

      This image has been deleted from Wikimedia Commons because it has not been released under a Creative Commons license.

    7. earthpages 51 months ago | reply

      Great image! Thanks very much for the ccl; I've blogged it here: earthpages.wordpress.com/2010/03/01/particle/

    8. Edward Betts 50 months ago | reply

      @earthpages: There is no evidence to suggest this image has been released under a Creative Commons license.

    9. rhodthomas 43 months ago | reply

      Hi - sorry for the stupid question. How do I attribute this image in a powerpoint presentation I am putting together?

      Thanks!

    10. worldvoyagers 38 months ago | reply

      I too would like to give credit

    11. Chip_n_thePNW 37 months ago | reply

      Definitely an interesting scene ! ! !

      Somewhat easy to overlook the -- WORKMAN .. IN .. THIS .. SCENE ..... ??? !

    12. joeloko 28 months ago | reply

      estoy fascinado con el tema de la fisica cuantica, no puedo expresar cuanto, las posibilidades, las particulas, no hallo palabras, gracias a todos esos cientificos y sus futuras y presentes aportaciones.

    13. pinzac55 [deleted] 15 months ago | reply

      The weird thing is that it actually looks like something out of science fiction! Imagine if it had been the size of a TV set and called "The Unimpressive Hadron Collider"?

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