Eileen McKeon Butt
Proton-Proton Pile-up at the LHC
2015
acrylic on illustration board
2.5"x3.5"
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN is the largest man-made machine ever built, and the world's largest particle accelerator. Particle beams in the accelerator travel close to the speed of light in opposite directions, and then are collided together to reveal information about the basic building blocks of matter. The Higgs boson was discovered at the LHC, and scientists there are also investigating topics such as: conditions of the early universe, supersymmetry and dark matter.

This painting is at a detector at the LHC called ATLAS, which records data from proton collisions. The painting is of an event called a "pile-up," where multiple collisions happen simultaneously. Not only will it lead to fascinating scientific information, but it looks pretty cool too!

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