Particle Acceleration & Particle Detection

To understand physics at the most fundamental level, CERN must accelerate particles and make them collide. How is this achieved?

Watch: An overview of CERN's accelerators
Watch: "From bottle to bang"
Read: How an accelerator works
For teachers, read: Introducing the LHC in the classroom: an overview of education resources available

There are many types of particle accelerator. Physicists decide what characteristics an accelerator should have depending on what it is supposed to do.

Watch: "How to design a particle accelerator"

Particle collisions result in... the creation of more particles! How are these detected?

Read: How a particle detector works
Read: the ATLAS detector
Look: the ATLAS detector on Google StreetView

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