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Collider achieves world record; Purdue researchers part of experiment

April 5, 2010

Spring started with a bang for physicists as particles collided at a world-record energy during an international experiment that included the work of Purdue University researchers and students. On Tuesday (March 30) particle beams reached an energy of 7 trillion electron volts, smashing protons together with three times more energy than had ever before been achieved, during an experiment using the world's largest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. Purdue teams spent more than eight years working on equipment for the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment, which is currently running at the collider. Purdue's work included designing and building special cameras, called pixel detectors, used to capture images of the tiny particles that result when two protons collide.
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