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New CERN Accelerator to Speed Proton Beams for Experiments

Image: New CERN Accelerator to Speed Proton Beams for Experiments

Linac 4 linear accelerator (Valentin Flauraud/Keystone via AP)

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 06:58 AM

The world's biggest atom smasher has inaugurated its newest particle accelerator, a key step toward churning out greater amounts of data that could help explain many lingering mysteries of the universe.

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, announced Tuesday the completion of Linac 4, a 295-foot-long underground machine that took nearly a decade to build and will deliver proton beams for many experiments, reported The Associated Press.

Linac 4 is CERN's largest accelerator developed since the 2008 startup of the Large Hadron Collider that helped confirm the Higgs boson particle five years ago.

Director-General Fabiola Gianotti said it's the first key element in a multi-year program to "increase the potential of the LHC experiments for discovering new physics and measuring the properties of the Higgs particle in more detail."

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The world's biggest atom smasher has inaugurated its newest particle accelerator, a key step toward churning out greater amounts of data that could help explain many lingering mysteries of the universe.
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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 06:58 AM
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