ATLAS experiment

CERN LHC experiment

ATLAS (A Toroidal LHC ApparatuS) is the biggest experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

ATLAS experiment detector under construction in October 2004 in its experimental pit; the current status of construction can be seen on the CERN website.[1] Note the people in the background, for comparison.

It is one of the seven particle detector experiments (ALICE, ATLAS, CMS, TOTEM, LHCb, and LHCf) built at the LHC. LHC is a new particle accelerator at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland. ATLAS is 46 metres long and 25 metres in diameter, weighing about 7,000 tonnes. The project is led by Fabiola Gianotti. The project has 2,000 scientists and engineers at 165 institutions in 35 countries.[2][3] The project began operation on 10 September 2008.[4] ATLAS studies highly massive particles which could not be studied using earlier lower-energy accelerators. ATLAS may start new theories of particle physics beyond the Standard Model.


  1. "UX15 Installation; WEB cameras". ATLAS Control Room. Archived from the original on April 6, 2005. Retrieved September 15, 2010.
  2. "ATLAS collaboration records". CERN Scientific Information Service. ATLAS collaboration. Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2011-06-15.
  3. "World's largest superconducting magnet switches on" (Press release). CERN. 2006-11-20. Archived from the original on 2007-02-28. Retrieved 2007-03-03.
  4. "First beam and first events in ATLAS". Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2008-09-13.