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Silicon sensor seeks to unravel mysteries of the universe

29 Apr 2016  | Peter Clarke

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The ATLAS detector is 20m high and the CMS 15m high and they have both been working for several years carrying out 40 million measurements per second.

CMS tracker

Figure 4: One end-cap of the CMS tracker is opened during installation work (Photo: CERN)

Although such pure science research is done for its own sake and may take generations to impact the everyday lives of people some of the techniques developed could benefit people much sooner. One example is in medical imaging such as proton-computed tomography, which has developed out of CERN-developed engineering.

CMS inner tracker barrel

Figure 5: First half of CMS inner tracker barrel (Photo: CERN)


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