The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment, which is being carried out in preparation for the installation of CERN’s forthcoming Large Hadron Collider (LHC), became one of the laboratory’s star visitor attractions during the inauguration of a new visitor centre on 14 June.
Until recently, CERN’s 20 000 annual visitors were taken on a guided tour of one of the experiments at the Large Electron-Positron collider (LEP), the laboratory’s flagship research facility. With the closure of LEP last year, underground visits are no longer possible, and a new series of itineraries has been put in place, including preparations for LHC experiments.
The CMS experiment is particularly well suited for visits, because it will be constructed almost entirely on the surface.
Information about CMS, including animations and live Web-cams, can be found at “http://cmsinfo.cern.ch”.