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Dec. 12, 1997

ISU physicists join international team

Physics and astronomy professors John Hauptman and E. Walter Anderson are part of an international team that will design and build detectors for the Large Hadron Collider, a high- energy particle accelerator at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Large Hadron Collider is a next- generation particle accelerator in which physicists hope to explore some of the most basic building blocks in nature. CERN is the major high- energy particle physics laboratory in Europe.

More than 550 scientists from 60 universities and six national laboratories will be working on two large detectors for the collider. These detectors allow physicists to see the aftermath of high-energy collisions between particles. From these collisions, physicists can discern the basic building blocks of nature.

Because the collider will accelerate particles to energies much higher than the most powerful particle accelerator today (at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago), it is expected to allow physicists to more deeply probe subatomic physics.

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