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James Doherty | Open University | United Kingdom

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A summer at CERN in pictures

They say a picture says a thousand words – so here is my story of a summer at CERN in 12,000 words.

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Welcome to CERN baby! – this year’s crop of summer students gather in front of the Globe for a group photo (first to spot me gets a postcard!)

 

It was beautiful summer which, with CERN located in the midst of agricultural estates, afforded itself to some very colourful walks.

The sun was shining and the weather sweet – the summer held much promise. And with CERN located in the midst of agricultural estates, there were a few nice strolls to be enjoyed too.

 

A cross section of the LHC.

We got acquainted with the stars of CERN – a cross section of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Notice the two beam pipes through which particles circulate around the 27 km circular accelerator in different directions.

 

The gargantuan detector, CMS.

And its giants – the gargantuan particle detector, CMS. This 12,500 tonne beasty is located 80 metres underground at a point where the beams of the LHC cross and particles collide.

 

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The weekends afforded a fine opportunity to soak up some Swiss culture – here a group of Swiss horn players in Gruyère.

 

CERN's old rubbish - on a quite Saturday morning stroll around the Meyrin site I stubbled across this - an old decommissioned detector.

Or to take a quiet Saturday morning stroll around CERN, where you never know what you’ll find – I stubbled across this old decommissioned detector.

 

The final project

Now there was of course some work to be done – my experiment coupling a laser into optical fibres and through a birefringent crystal.

 

While most of came to learn about the laws of Physics, some wanted to defy them - Filip levitating.

And while most of us came to learn about the laws of Physics, some sought to defy them – Filip levitating.

 

The Antimatter Decelerator - which is used to make and store antimatter at CERN - is described my Michael "Antimatter" Doser himself.

But we did learn about the stranger goings-on at CERN – Michael “Antimatter” Doser himself explains the workings of the Antimatter Decelerator, which is used in the production of antimatter.

 

A reveller caught in the spotlight at the outdoor film.

There was plenty of time for a few nights at the movies – a reveller caught in the spotlight at the outdoor film at Perle du Lac, Geneva.

 

Cian and Donal of the Emigrants jamming in Charly O'Neils.

And a few more down the pub – Cian and Donal of the Emigrants jamming in Charly O’Neills.

 

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All in all, it was a rather memorable summer at…

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