6 Jul, 2012
CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, has
announced the discovery of what appears to be the Higgs
boson, a hypothetical elementary particle in particle
physics' standard model. Toshiba is proud to be associated
with this discovery through the supply of key systems for
the CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
The new particle was discovered by experiments in the
27-kilometer loop of the LHC that accelerated protons to
high levels of kinetic energy in opposite directions and
then smashed them into each other to produce new particles.
Toshiba delivered to KEK, Japan's High Energy Particle
Accelerator Research Organization, an ATLAS Central
Solenoid Magnet System in 2001 and superconductive
quadrupole magnets in 2004. These were installed in the
The superconductive quadrupole magnets are used to narrow
down the proton beams. The ATLAS Central Solenoid Magnet
System is used to generate magnetic field essential for the
detection of particles. Both items of equipment play
important roles in the LHC.
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