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LHC technologies

CERN Accelerating science

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The LHC will be, upon its completion in 2006 and for the next 20 years, the most advanced research instrument for high energy physics, providing access to the energy frontier above 1 TeV per elementary constituent. The LHC will make use of advanced superconducting technology high-field Nb-Ti superconducting magnets operated in superfluid Helium and a cryogenic ultra-vacuum system to bring into collision intense beams of protons and ions at unprecedented values of the com energy and luminosity.
After a recall of the physical goals, performance challenges and design choices of the machine the course will focus the characteristics of the major technical systems with particular emphasis on the relevant advances in the key technologies of superconducting and cryogenics devices.

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