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Other than the Large Hadron Collider what experiments are being carried out at CERN?


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The other accelerators at CERN are:

  • Proton Linear particle accelerator (Linac2)
  • Heavy Ion Linear Particle accelerator (Linac3)
  • The Proton Synchrotron Booster (PSB)
  • Proton Synchrotron (PS);(628m circumference, was 1960 with it's Proton Energy of 26,3GeV the world's most powerful accelerator. It was originally used for the generation of Antiprotons and since 1981 also for collisions of Protons and Antiprotons)
  • Synchro-Cyclotron (not in use)
  • Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS); (with a power of 450 GeV and a circumference of 6912m; is used to accelerate lead-ions, Positrons, Electrons, Protons and Antiprotons and as a pre-accelertor for the Large Hadron Collider
  • Intersecting Storage Rings (ISR - not in use)
  • Low Energy Antiproton Ring (LEAR - not in use)
  • Low Energy Ion Ring (LEIR)
  • Antiproton Decelerator (AD); (AD's goal is it to decelarate the - from the PS created - Antiprotons, to make it possible for scientists to explore them)
  • Large Electron-Positron Collider (LEP - not in use) (The LEP was 27km long; four important experiments oparated there (ALEPH, Delphi, L3 and Opal). The LEP Collider managed to reach a lot: among other things was it possible to determine the exact weight of W- and Z-Bosons. After 11 years the experiments at the LEP Collider were finalized to create space for the LHC)