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A retrospective of 60 years' coverage of detector technology in CERN Courier

From early tools of the trade, such as photographic plates, nuclear emulsions and bubble chambers, to the state-of-the-art technologies underpinning experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, innovations in particle-detection techniques have driven numerous breakthroughs in our understanding of the fundamental laws of nature. The articles here, framed by an exclusive feature by Christian Fabjan, offer a mere glimpse of some of the most striking examples. There were many more to choose from, not least concerning technologies that have impacted the world beyond particle physics, and, if the history of particle detectors is a judge, we can look forward to many decades of discoveries and applications ahead.

In focus: vacuum technology

A retrospective of 60 years’ coverage of vacuum technology in CERN Courier

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