Accelerated Particles

In order to identify the smallest particles in the universe and the way they interact, physicists need the world’s largest machines: particle accelerators. Using particles we know they can create new, sometimes completely unknown, particles. At a gigantic circular facility with a circumference of up to 27 kilometres, the particles are accelerated to almost the speed of light and finally made to collide with other particles.

At CERN, scientists develop and build highly complex research infrastructure such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and make it available for scholarly experiments.

The exhibition features a scale model (scale 1:20) of the LHC and a wall visualisation of its impressive inner workings.

Photo: NHM Vienna, Kurt Kracher