modern rock art
August 2, 2008 Leave a comment
Aerial view of CERN and the surrounding region of Switzerland and France.
Three rings are visible, the smaller (at lower right) shows the underground position of the Proton Synchrotron, the middle ring is the Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS) with a circumference of 7 km and the largest ring (27 km) is that of the former Large Electron and Positron collider (LEP) accelerator with part of Lake Geneva in the background. (© CERN)
with more from “inside the world’s largest particle accelerator“
CERN (The European Center for Nuclear Research) is the world’s largest particle physics research center. Here, scientists use giant machines — particle accelerators and detectors — to study the smallest objects in the universe. CERN’s large accelerator rings reside 100 meters (320 feet) underground, beneath vineyards and pastureland along the French/Swiss border.
Located just outside Geneva, CERN is its own sort of United Nations of the scientific world. There are 6500 scientists here from 80 countries, making CERN a marvel of international scientific cooperation.
and an explanation of where the idea for the title of this post comes from: