Monday, May 6, 2013

CMS and ATLAS are two of a kind...

Today we went for an absolutely awesome visit of CMS detector of Large Hadron Collider. But before I start with the description and pictures, a short YouTube video in order for you to understand the title of this post.

I love this video, it's funny and it conveys surprisingly a lot of science knowledge going on in LHC.

So back to our visit - CERN is a place where the scientists from all over the world look for the principle of our world. But that's not the only thing in CERN's strategy. They also try and spread the knowledge about physics, educate people etc. That is why they organize free trips, exhibitions, lectures etc. I really appreciate that and we could benefit from that not for the first time.
We enrolled for a visit to CMS - one of four detectors in LHC. When I was at CERN 3 years earlier it was impossible to visit the cavern because the beam was in and detectors were closed for public. This time, with long shutdown and maintenance phase, going to a detector was first thing we thought of.

Our visit started with SM18, a place where the magnets and other elements for LHC are assembled.

For me it was a very interesting tour because the guide explained everything we saw and added some interesting stories on top. i was aware of some facts, but more or less half was new to me so I was pretty content to have that tour.

Then we went on a shuttle and drove to Cessy, a small French village where CMS detector was build only 15 years ago. It really makes me breathless to think that all of that was constructed only within 15 years. They started with a flat ground, dug a shaft of 100 m. underground, build the whole infrastructure around and constructed the detector which, for me, is like a masterpiece of science. Seriously, when I saw this I was simply awestruck. It's so enormous and complicated and makes you respect collaborative work because such things can only happen when people unite and act together in one cause.

How cool is that?
It takes a lot of champagne to celebrate all the days of success of LHC/CMS.

And at the end check out our short movie from the visit to the cavern:

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