Today’s trip was to see where the superconducting magnets were tested before being installed into the collider tube. The complete circular tube is made up of about 10m sections like this, all joined together.
Remember there is roughly 27km of collider tube, so that means there are about 2700 of the tubes (see above) all connected together.That would be “easy “if they were just empty pipes. But the pipes carrythe 2 collider tubes inside them.
This is what is inside the big tube above.
The wires on the left hand side carry a very large amount of electric current so they turn into electromagnets. These magnets stop the beam of particles from escaping. The wires have to be kept at extremely low temperatures ( -150 degrees or lower) so liquid Helium is used.
The two opening in the middle here, are the actual beam pipes ( they look like eye pieces on a pair of binoculars).
Before they fill the big pipe up with all the equipment, it look like this………..but they all do not have the good looking chap in them!
There was plenty more to see than I have posted over the last few days! The whole trip was awe-inspiring and some people have worked on the project for over 20years!
You may have heard that while I was there, they had managed to capture anti-matter for the first time ever, so I felt that I was right at the cutting edge of Scientific discovery!
It really is the most fascinating trip I have ever been on!