The Large Hadron Collider

Lyndon Evans


August 14, 2009 by EPFL Press
Reference - 360 Pages
ISBN 9781439804018 - CAT# N10061

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  • Draws on contributions from the scientists and engineers behind the planning and construction of the LHC
  • Introduces the fundamental technology of the LCH
  • Reviews the basics of the theory behind the experiments
  • Explores the challenges in planning and civil engineering
  • Covers key experiments, including particle detection and ALICE
  • Discusses the informatics infrastructure that will channel the data to the workstations of scientists around the world


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.