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A Zeptospace Odyssey: A Journey into the Physics of the LHC$
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Gian Francesco Giudice

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199581917

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199581917.001.0001

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A Zeptospace Odyssey: A Journey into the Physics of the LHC

Gian Francesco Giudice

Oxford University Press

This chapter is devoted to the LHC accelerator complex. It first presents the history of the construction of the LHC and the challenges involved. It then describes the functioning of the LHC, following the path made by the beams of protons. The cutting-edge technologies developed for the LHC are explained using simple analogies. Applications outside particle physics of these technologies are also discussed. The different components of the LHC are described, with special emphasis on the superconducting dipole magnets, which are used to steer the proton beams inside the underground tunnel.

Keywords:   LHC, CERN, dipole magnets, superconductivity, cryogenics, accelerators, energy

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