Mai 10, 2017

CERN launches new accelerator to help boost data output

GENEVA (AP) — Scientists at the world's biggest atom smasher have inaugurated their newest particle accelerator, a key step toward churning out greater amounts of data that could help explain many lingering mysteries of the universe.

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The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, announced Tuesday the completion of Linac 4, a 90-meter-long (295-foot-long) underground machine that took nearly a decade to build and will deliver proton beams for many experiments.

Linac 4 is CERN's largest accelerator developed since the 2008 startup of the Large Hadron Collider that helped confirm the Higgs boson particle five years ago.

Director-General Fabiola Gianotti said it's the first key element in a multi-year program to "increase the potential of the LHC experiments for discovering new physics and measuring the properties of the Higgs particle in more detail."


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by Associated Press