Sep 5, 2022

CERN’s ATLAS detector is the largest ever constructed for a particle collider

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The experiment seeks to answer fundamental questions about experimental physics.

Ten years ago, scientists announced the discovery of the Higgs boson, which helped explain why the smallest building blocks of nature have mass. For particle physicists around the world, it was a very important and long-awaited result that marked a new era of experimental physics. Physicists at the Large Hadron Collider — the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator — located at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva discovered the Higgs boson largely due to results from the ATLAS experiment.

The largest general-purpose particle detector experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, ATLAS was one of the two LHC experiments involved in the discovery of the Higgs boson in July 2012.

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