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ANGELS & DEMONS

About Cern
The plot of Angels & Demons is set into motion at CERN, the particle physics laboratory in Geneva. "What goes on at CERN is exploration of the most adventuresome kind,” says the director. "What I find incredible is that Dan Brown wrote his novel, setting it here at CERN, about ten years ago – and now, a decade later, CERN is in the news, everybody is talking about the experiments they conduct there. It just shows how ahead of the curve he is.”

CERN is one of the world's largest and most respected centers for scientific research. Its business is fundamental physics, finding out what the Universe is made of and how it works. At CERN, the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments are used to study the basic constituents of matter — the fundamental particles. By studying what happens when these particles collide, physicists learn about the laws of Nature. 

The instruments used at CERN are particle accelerators and detectors. Accelerators boost beams of particles to high energies before they are made to collide with each other or with stationary targets. Detectors observe and record the results of these collisions.

Founded in 1954, the CERN Laboratory sits astride the Franco–Swiss border near Geneva. It was one of Europe's first joint ventures and now has 20 Member States. 

CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a gigantic scientific instrument near Geneva, where it spans the border between Switzerland and France. It is a particle accelerator used by physicists to study the smallest known particles – the fundamental building blocks of all things. 

Two beams of subatomic particles called "hadrons” – either protons or lead ions – will travel in opposite directions inside the circular accelerator, gaining energy with every lap. Physicists will use the LHC to recreate the conditions just after the Big Bang by colliding the two beams head-on at very high energy. Teams of physicists from around the world will analyze the particles created in the collisions using special detectors in a number of experiments dedicated to the LHC.

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