One of 2014’s important milestones at the CMS experimental site was the successful installation of a lift for providing wheelchair access to the deep-underground detector cavern.
The CMS experimental site, located in the French commune of Cessy, hosts one of CERN’s major scientific instruments and is a popular visit point.
“We estimate around 50,000 visitors will have been to the CMS experimental cavern during the current shutdown (December 2012 – March 2015),” says Austin Ball, CMS Technical Coordinator.
Having successfully performed a Magnet Test in mid-November where the CMS magnet was run at the full operating field of 3.8 tesla, the focus in the CMS underground experimental cavern has transitioned to full activity to re-open the detector.
“Welcome to the CMS Experiment. We are 100 metres underground and I will now pass by the eye scanner to take you for a virtual tour and show you our massive scientific machine,” said CMS physicist, Abdollah Mohammadi, to 200 enthralled students sitting in the hall in the Sharif University of Technology in Iran last Tuesday.
Guest post by Chiara Mariotti
I first studied music at the Conservatorio di Torino when I was in high school but stopped during my university studies. I returned to music maybe 25 years later, when my kids started to play instruments (they play the trumpet and the saxophone). I felt great joy when I resumed playing and I discovered that I was still able to; my fingers were playing even without my conscious control of them. I soon joined the Thoiry harmony group (L'Echo du Reculet) and then enrolled at the local municipal school to take flute lessons again.
Guest post by Daniele Doronzo. "Daniele is an eighteen-year-old high-school student from Italy, who came to CERN for a two-weeks internship with the CMS team. He recounts his experience below. Those of us who met him were charmed by his enthusiasm." – Gabriella Pugliese, CMS
Each year, CERN welcomes around 100,000 visitors onsite. Many of these visitors take a short trip from the laboratory's main site in Meyrin to the French commune of Cessy to see one of humankind's modern scientific marvels: the CMS detector. The 14000-tonne detector is located in a vast cavern around 100 metres (or about 30 storeys) underground, with an adjacent cavern housing several data-collection and power-distribution devices.