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Collisions and CollaborationThe Organization of Learning in the ATLAS Experiment at the LHC$
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Max Boisot, Markus Nordberg, Saïd Yami, and Bertrand Nicquevert

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199567928

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567928.001.0001

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The Concept of an ATLAS Architecture

The Concept of an ATLAS Architecture

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(p.77) 4 The Concept of an ATLAS Architecture
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Collisions and Collaboration
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Philipp Tuertscher

Raghu Garud

Markus Nordberg

Max Boisot

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567928.003.0005

The collective effort required to develop, build, and run the ATLAS detector has been structured as a ‘collaboration’, a distributed problem-solving network characteristic of Big Science, itself a relatively recent kind of enterprise involving big budgets, big staffs, big machines, and numerous laboratories. While ATLAS is an archetypical example of this type of enterprise in high-energy physics (HEP), similar endeavours can be found in basic physics, astronomy, and the life sciences. This chapter presents research that investigates the development and construction of the complex technological system that makes up the ATLAS detector.

Keywords:   ATLAS detector, collaboration, Big Science, problem solving, high-energy physics

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