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Alarms, airlocks and machines that go 'ping'

Once through to the other side of the airlock, a very long elevator ride took the group into the tunnel where particles are beamed into LHCb as well as the many other experiments at CERN. Luckily, no one was claustrophobic or intimidated by the tonnes of earth over their heads, or if they were they kept the panic to a minimum as the group got their first glimpse of the tunnel.

LHCb tunnel

Now the place is starting to look a lot more like Black Mesa from Half Life

Work has already started all around the collider to get things ready for when the particles start whizzing around again in 2018. Some of the metal tube the beams pass through has been deconstructed and is held together by that wonder substance, tinfoil.

The particle tube deconstructed at LHC

The particle tube deconstructed

Inside the tube, the particle beams race around in separate pipes in an ultrahigh vacuum, and are then merged for the experiments' collisions. They're guided around the ring by a strong magnetic field, supplied by superconducting electromagnets that are supercooled to -271.3°C - cooler than outerspace - by liquid helium.

Thousands of magnets are at work throughout the LHC, including 15m long dipole magnets to bend the beams and 392 quadrupole magnets, around 6m long, to focus the beams. Don't get too distracted by the incredible science and engineering going on though, you might get left behind by the group...

Group pulls ahead in the LHCb tunnel

Wait, where did everyone go?

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