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Hampton University and ATLAS

ATLAS detector b

The ATLAS detector (A Toroidal LHC ApparatuS), above, is one of two general-purpose detectors that has been installed use at the CERN LHC. It is designed to explore a new energy region (14 TeV in the center of mass), and answer some of today's most important unanswered questions of fundamental physics. It began operating in 2008 with cosmic rays, and collected some data with the LHC's 'First beam' before an incident that will postpone collisions to 2009. It will operate for 8-10 years before major changes. The detector weighs about 7,000 tons, and is 120 feet long and about 70 feet in diameter.

We helped build the Inner Detector of ATLAS (the small orange object in the center of the diagram above). We are specifically working on the central (barrel) region of the Transition Radiation Tracker (TRT). The picture below shows a view of the Inner Detector, with the TRT shown in yellow.

Inner Detector

We are working on the barrel TRT in collaboration with these institutions:
Indiana University in ATLAS, Duke University in ATLAS, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University.

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