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The Large Hadron Collider

1st Edition

Edited by Lyndon Evans

EPFL Press

360 pages

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Hardback: 9781439804018
pub: 2009-08-14
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This richly illustrated, full color book dissects the technology of the LHC into its component parts, showing how state-of-the-art techniques have been applied to beam control (injection, stabilization, acceleration, and dumping); cryogenics; superconducting magnet technology; and vacuum. It also describes the civil engineering and logistical challenges of the construction of the machine as well as the theoretical challenges that drove the scientific community to build the LHC. Each of the experiments is explained in terms of scientific goals, new methods of particle detection, and the specific challenges of handling the millions of gigabytes of data produced every second. Written by the lead scientists involved with the LHC, this book offers a testimonial of this marvelous endeavor from the people most directly involved in its conception and construction.


Each chapter or sub-chapter is written by experts who played a major role and this is of course one of the main strengths of this book. … overall this book can be read with enjoyment by readers with a wide range of backgrounds. …

Contemporary Physics, Vol. 52, No. 2, 2011

Table of Contents

The Large Hadron Collider: An Introduction, Lyndon Evans

The Fundamental Physics behind the LHC, John Ellis

The Construction of the LHC

Civil Engineering Highlights, Jean-Luc Baldy, Luz Lopez-Hernandez, and John A. Osborne

Lessons in Big Science Management and Contracting, Anders Unnervik

The Technology of the LHC

Superconducting Magnets, Lucio Rossi and Ezio Todesco

The LHC and Its Vacuum Technology, Pierre Strubin and Cristoforo Benvenuti

The Cryogenics Challenge of the LHC, Philippe Lebrun and Laurent Tavian

Moving the Beam into and out of the LHC, Volker Mertens and Brennan Goddard

Capturing, Accelerating and Holding the Beam, Trevor Linnecar

The Experiments

Particle Detection at the LHC: An Introduction, Tejinder Virdee

The Compact Muon Spectrometer, Tejinder Virdee

ATLAS, Peter Jenni

The LHCB Experiment, Tatsuya Nakada

ALICE, Jürgen Schukraft and Chris Fabjan

LHC Data Analysis and the Grid, Les Robertson, John Harvey, and Pere Mato

Epilogue, Lyndon Evans


About the Editor

Lyndon Evans is the lead scientist of the LHC program at CERN. In 2008, he was named Nature Magazine’s "Newsmaker of the Year" and was awarded the Robert R. Wilson prize of the American Physical Society.

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