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Adam Yurkewicz | USLHC | USA

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Life in the Fishbowl

There has been quite a lot of activity at the ATLAS site this week. I don’t mean the physicists, I mean the construction workers. The result is a new entrance area to the building that houses the ATLAS control room, just in time for the big inauguration next Tuesday.

The new entrance area has mostly glass walls, and you can see in the photo (thanks Richard!) that it looks into the ATLAS control room (also visible on this web cam which updates every 5 minutes).  You might also see that not only does it look into the ATLAS control room, it is approximately 3 feet from where I usually sit.  This means visitors will be staring at me and my colleagues from 3 feet away while we work.

For most people in the control room, this fishtank configuration is an improvement because there have often been visitors walking through the control room taking flash photographs (I assume this means visitors will no longer be allowed in).  For those of us at the liquid argon calorimeter desk, it might be a little distracting.  But maybe they will feed us…

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