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Compact Muon Solenoid

Description The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN collides protons with eight times the energy of the most powerful accelerators built up to now. Some of the collision energy is turned into mass, creating new particles which are observed in the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) particle detector. Like a cylindrical onion, the different layers of the CMS detector measure the different particles. CMS data is analyzed by about three thousand scientists around the world to build up a picture of what happened at the heart of the collisions. This will help to answer questions such as: What is the universe really made of and what forces act within it? And what gives everything substance? Such research increases our basic understanding of physics and may also spark new technologies that change the world we live in. In 2012, CMS (along with the ATLAS experiment at LHC) discovered a new particle, a Higgs boson, which plays a fundamental role in our Universe.
URL http://cms.web.cern.ch/
Status Operational since 2009
Being upgraded (2013 - 2014)
Scientific Domains Physical Sciences and Engineering
RI Categorization High Energy Physics Facilities
Location Geneva 23, 1211, Switzerland
MERIL URL http://portal.meril.eu/meril/view/facilitys/15705