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Microcosm (CERN)

The central section of the UA1 experiment on display at the Microcosm museum
Microcosm is a museum of particle physics located at CERN in the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland, near the town of Meyrin. It is a very comprehensive museum, covering a broad range of particle physics topics, as well as the entire history of CERN. Exhibits include:
? Explanations of the purpose of CERN and particle physics research in general
? A mock-up, hands-on version of Rutherford's gold foil experiment
? A real-time cosmic ray detector
? A mock-up of the Large Hadron Collider tunnel
? Models and explanations of current and future CERN experiments
? Equipment from old experiments, including a large part of the UA1 detector, which ran at the Super Proton Synchrotron at CERN from 1981 to 1984, and helped discover the W and Z bosons.

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  • Written May 12, 2006
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