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The Large Hadron Collider on tour

Collider, a new exhibition about the LHC, opens in London this week. It will stay for 6 months before a planned international tour


A video taster of the new immersive exhibition Collider, opening this week (Video: Science Museum)

A new exhibition about the Large Hadron Collider opens this week. Collider will be at London’s Science Museum, UK, for six months before a planned international tour.

Webcast events today precede the official opening to the public tomorrow. At 12.05pm (CET), Nobel Prize winning theoretical physicist Peter Higgs will be answering questions from students. Later today, events include an audience with physicist Stephen Hawking and a discussion of science and art with author Ian McEwan and theorist Nima Arkani-Hamed. Follow the action on Twitter with the hashtag #smCollider or at the Science Museum website.

Collider blends theatre, video and sound art with real artefacts from CERN. Explore the superconducting magnets that steer the beams in the LHC and the radiofrequency cavities that accelerate the particles. Or examine detailed detector electronics from the ATLAS, CMS, ALICE and LHCb experiments at the LHC.

The exhibition runs until 6 May 2014. Tickets are available via the Science Museum website. Entry is free for CERN access-badge holders.

The launch of Collider coincides with the publication of two new books linked to the LHC: The Large Hadron Collider Popup Book – the Higgs Edition in which 7000 tonnes of metal, glass, plastic, cables and computer chips leap from the page in miniature pop-up as you discover the LHC and its quest to find out what the universe is made of and how it works. Hunting the Higgs tells the story of one of the world’s largest particle detectors, the ATLAS experiment at the LHC, from its inception in the late 1980s to its construction in the 2000s and its first years of operation in the 2010s.

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