Taking energy to the physics classroom from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN

Xabier Cid, Ramón Cid
2008 Physics Education  
In 2008, the greatest experiment in history began. When in full operation, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN will generate the greatest amount of information that has ever been produced in an experiment before. It will also reveal some of the most fundamental secrets of nature. Despite the enormous amount of information available on this topic, it is not easy for non-specialists to know where the data comes from. The aim of this article is to introduce at a secondary school level a few
more » ... hool level a few simple physical calculations about power phenomena that will be present in the LHC: stored beam energy, power and LHC dipole, energy stored in the compact muon solenoid (CMS), energy stored in the ATLAS solenoid and toroid, delivered energy for radiofrequency (RF) cavities, and energy dissipated in dump blocks. In addition, we will be talking about one of the most important scientific institutions in the world and introducing the greatest experiment in history. The calculations that you will find in this article are adapted from physics at secondary school level, and in most cases they are just very simple approaches to the correct results. (1) P H Y S I C S E D U C A T I O N 44
doi:10.1088/0031-9120/44/1/011 fatcat:vo4lcwcesnf5nhja7wwzqqwycy