Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers

This week’s Weekly Photo challenge is called Layers, and I can not resist posting some pictures of the biggest layers I have ever seen!

One of the end caps of the ATLAS detector in CERN

One of the end caps of the ATLAS detector in CERN

To put this image in perspective, here are some others of the detector which may help illustrate its size

Finally an illustration of the entire detector, the endcaps are just a small part of the whole, all designed to detect interactions between protons, particles that are just a tiny part of an atom!

An Illustration of the structure of the ATLAS detector,

Some other photos of my visit to CERN can be found here

About Barbara

Born in Dublin, living in London with Peter, my two daughters, Wilson our Spaniel & Woordow our Malshih (Shih Tzu-Maltese cross)
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21 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers

  1. sandraconner says:

    Very ingenious take on this prompt. Interesting.


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  3. What is an atlas detector? and what is it used for in laymen’s language? Very unusual picture of the innards of something big! ajoyfultraveler.wordpress.com


    • Barbara says:

      Oooh help! We need professor Brian Cox for this! Will have a go at a sensible answer later πŸ™‚


    • Barbara says:

      A reply in layman’s terms is proving difficult for me!
      ATLAS stands for ‘A Toroidal LHC Apparatus’ (which I realise doesn’t help much!) It’s one of 7 particle detectors that were built to detect interactions between subatomic (the bits that go to make up atoms) particles that happen when they are sped around at almost the speed of light, a 27km particle accelerator (The Large hadron Collider – LHC) , which is 100m underground on the border between France and Switzerland at CERN.
      The scientists were looking for evidence of one particle in particular, the Higgs Boson, which had been theorised in 1964, but no trace of it was found until the experiments started at the LHC in 2008. Scientists are confident that they found evidence of the Higgs Boson in the ATLAS detector and another one of the detectors, the CMS.
      The ATLAS detector is 45m long, 25m in diameter & weighs over 7000 tons.
      Does this help?


      • Yes Barbara it does. I now have a better understanding of what it is .I also googled it after you shared your info.

        My brother Walter E Currah jr was a quantum mechanic. is is listed under the world wide dissident scientists. I googled him just now and found several of his papers online. one is the alternative theory of the solar interior and the other is called the harper photon approach to electron mass. Too much information. I think I will go get a cup of coffee and enjoy all the layers.


  4. Grannymar says:

    Are you going to the Collider exhibition in London at the moment?

    Dates 13 November 2013 – 6 May 2014 Tat the Science Museum in South Kensington,


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