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Five years in five minutes: Watch the building of ATLAS

Photo courtesy of CERN

Photo courtesy of CERN

Manchester University physics student Tim Head has created a time-lapse movie showing construction of the 7000-ton ATLAS detector from its foundations in concrete to its final 45-by-25-meter majesty. Set to the steady rhythm of Ravel's famous "Bolero," the short film spans work from October 2003 through August 2008, compressed into just five minutes.

The 2500-physicist, 37-country ATLAS experiment will seek new physics in the collisions of protons inside the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. The LHC is scheduled to circulate its first proton beam on September 10. Stanford Linear Accelerator Center scientists are contributing to ATLAS with work on the pixel detector, trigger and more. (See "SLAC's ATLAS Team at CERN Gears Up" and ATLAS @ SLAC.)

Head built his film sequence using footage from an ATLAS webcam, the ATLAS eye. You can see ATLAS live at its home on the French/Swiss border through the experiment's four webcams.

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