TED-Ed: Emptying the vacuum

An animation made with TED-ED to explore empty space and why it is important for experiments at CERN

Could we create a perfect vacuum? In a universe filled with matter and energy, we often think of deepest outer space as a vacuum, empty of everything. But it is far from it, with a multitude of particles and electromagnetic radiation zooming through it. This new animation, made in collaboration with TED-Ed, explores why CERN’s accelerators need to be one of the emptiest spaces in the universe and asks if there is such a thing as totally empty space. 

Read more about the content in this animation on the TED-Ed website