A joint Fermilab/SLAC publication

Compact Muon Solenoid


Not a moment to lose at the LHC

The eyes of the world were on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN on September 10, 2008. On that day, dubbed "Big Bang Day" by the BBC, the first beams of subatomic particles zoomed around the 17-mile-long, super-cooled particle accelerator.

Illustration of a detector being manually lowered into a cavity

Sergio Cittolin: Channeling da Vinci

A physicist sketches science in the style of an old master.


An LHC detector's old Roman roots

Particle physicists probe uncharted territory for remnants of the early universe. But that is supposed to occur after their experiments turn on.


After 15 years, CMS crystals ready for prime time


Web-watching the LHC experiments


Inside the mind of a physicist, and more. . .


The LHC express

As passengers boarded the train in a Berlin suburb, researchers from the Large Hadron Collider greeted them: “Imagine you are a proton and this train is the LHC tunnel. You will travel 37 km, slightly more than the 27 km it takes the protons to circle the LHC tunnel.”


Life at the LHC reaches fever pitch

As the big collider ramps up, four physicists talk about working late, finding time to play, and staying connected to family and friends.


Monica Dunford: Meetings: You gotta have 'em, love 'em

Really? Really, guys? Did we really have more than five thousand meetings last year?


Short cuts for newcomers at the LHC

When Sal Rappoccio, a postdoctoral researcher from Johns Hopkins University, joined the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment in mid-2007, he did what any newcomer would do. He tried to start his analysis. It did not go well.