Peek inside the CMS at the LHC

During the WikiToLearn/KDE sprint hosted at CERN, last week, we were given the opportunity to take a look at the Compact Muon Solenoid(CMS), which is one of the four detectors, part of the Large Hadron Collider(LHC) – if my understanding is correct.

Visit to the CMS of the LHC at CERN

I’m sure most of you already know what the Large Hadron Collider is, even if not in perfect detail, you’d have most definitely heard of it. It famously made the news when scientists at CERN were able to predict the existence of the an elementary particle called the Higgs Boson. Phew, it’s “Getting Physical” !

Visit to the CMS of the LHC at CERN

But in my view, I feel extremely privilleged to have had the opportunity to have seen the LHC for real. I mean, what are the odds anyways, for a student in India, pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Engineering to actually go inside the LHC. I remember, Dr. Markus Nordberg saying that the LHC is usually open only to Prime Ministers and Presidents and that we were extremely lucky to have a peek inside, during his inital addressing. Perhaps, Dr. Nordberg exagerated a bit, but the fact remains, it was a incredible opportunity for everyone of us who did make inside the CMS setup.

Personally, it was an extremely humbling experience when I stepped inside and learned about the state of advancement in technologies and the kind of problems that were being tackled at CERN and indeed the scale of it all. It left me speechless, and just made realize that at the end of it all, we’re all utterly insignificant in the scale of the universe.

CMS @ CERN, Album on Flickr

Of course, words will never do justice to what is really happening at CERN, but a few photos could help the cause.

If you find this interesting, you should consider reading sebas’ blog, which I feel has a better explanation and some cool photos too.

Last but not least, and probably the most important of all, please consider supporting KDE. It is this support that makes events like this possible. Thanks !


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