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The Little Book of String Theory by Steven S. Gubser

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Chapter SEVEN

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SUPER SYMMETRYAND THE LHC

IN THE SUMMER OF 2008, WHEN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE Large Hadron Collider, or LHC, was almost complete, I visited the site and took a tour of one of the main LHC experiments. Mostly I was there for a conference, but the tour was really fun. The experiment I visited, called the Compact Muon Solenoid, is about the size of a three-story building. I saw it in the last stages of being put together. A massive cone-shaped endcap was being fitted into the main barrel-shaped body of the detector. Its design is a little like a digital camera, but every part of it looks inward toward its center, where high-energy collisions ...

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