Higgs Boson, LHC and Other Wonders of CERN

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2012-07-06
 
 
 

Finding Higgs

Rolf Heuer, director-general of CERN, and CMS experiment spokesman Joe Incandela share a laugh before the start of a press conference announcing the latest findings in the search for the Higgs Boson particle. Photo credit: CERN

Finding Higgs

Proton Collision

This graphic portrays a proton-proton collision event in the CMS experiment producing two high-energy photons (the red towers).Photo credit: CERN

Proton Collision

Large Hadron Collider

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator, is buried 574 feet underground and is 17 miles in circumference. Photo credit: CERN

Large Hadron Collider

Expected Decay

This event, recorded with the CMS detector in 2012, shows characteristics expected from the decay of the standard model (SM) Higgs Boson to a pair of photons (dashed yellow lines and green towers).Photo credit: CERN

Expected Decay

ATLAS Shrugs

The Higgs Boson is an unstable particle, living for only the tiniest fraction of a second before decaying into other particles. This graphic illustrates Candidate Higgs' decay to four electrons, recorded by ATLAS in 2012.Photo credit: CERN

ATLAS Shrugs

Under the Globe

The Globe of Science and Innovation is a landmark of CERN, and seeks to inform visitors about the research conducted by the organization, with six exhibition areas and free admission.

Under the Globe

Simulated Higgs Event

A simulated event in the CMS detector, featuring the appearance of the Higgs boson. Photo credit: CERN

Simulated Higgs Event

LHC Intersection

Superconducting quadrupole electromagnets are used to direct the beams to four intersection points, where interactions between accelerated protons will take place.Photo credit: Gamsiz

LHC Intersection

CMS Construction

This photo, taken in 2010, shows the CMS detector of the LHC at CERN under construction. Six detectors in total have been constructed at the LHC, located underground in large caverns excavated at the LHC's intersection points.Photo credit: Harp

CMS Construction

Rocket Fuel