CERN’s Large Hadron Collider beneath Geneva, Switzerland isn’t just one, but a handful of experiments sprinkled along the length of the 17-mile-round ring.
One of the biggest, the Compact Muon Solenoid or CMS, is getting a major upgrade today, which CERN is comparing to an open-heart surgery.
The upgrade will swap out CMS’ innermost of several different particle detectors.
The new so-called pixel detector will help physicists gather important information on potentially novel particles, like those predicted by supersymmetry, from the hundreds of millions of particle collisions happening every second in the LHC.
The LHC itself recently received a major upgrade, boosting its operating energy from 8 to 13 tera-electron volts, which will allow physicists to gather even more data.
“You say bye to something you’ve had your hands on for a long period of time and keep your fingers crossed it will work in the operating conditions.”