Extracts from the inauguration of the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) at the CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) and statements
End production: 21/10/2008 First transmission: 21/10/2008
Following the successful circulation of first beam in the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) on 10 September, the world's largest and most complex scientific instrument was officially inaugurated at CERN1 on 21 October 2008. Representatives of the governments of CERN's Member and Observer States and other participating nations were invited.
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a gigantic scientific instrument near Geneva, where it spans the border between Switzerland and France about 100 meters underground. It is a particle accelerator used by physicists to study the smallest known particles. It will revolutionise our understanding, from the minuscule world deep within atoms to the vastness of the Universe. Two beams of subatomic particles called 'hadrons' - either protons or lead ions - will travel in opposite directions inside the circular accelerator, gaining energy with every lap. There are many theories as to what will result from these collisions, but what's for sure is that a brave new world of physics will emerge from the new accelerator, as knowledge in particle physics goes on to describe the workings of the Universe.
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||Inauguration concert (3 shots)
||Group photo (3 shots)
||Promotional video presenting LHC facilities and related scientific postulate
||Robert Aymar, Director-General of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), in (FRENCH) saying that that day marks the official inauguration of the LHC and the beginning of the new era in high end research; it is for the CERN an occasion to thank Member States for their presence and principally for their long time support for fundamental research and the establishment of these dedicated premises at CERN
||Images of the LHC launch on 10 September 2008
||Lyndon Evans, LHC Project Leader, (in ENGLISH) saying that what they've just seen is a view of the control center on 10 September where they showed the world what a beautiful machine the LHC is; in less than an hour, under the glare of the world's media and intense excitement, a beam of protons made its first revolution of the machine; they were informed by Eurovision, that was responsible for the transmission to the TV-Media, that a potential audience of up to one billion people watched the proceedings at some time during the day
||Robert Aymar sitting next to Francois Fillon, French Prime Minister and President in office of the Council of the EU
||Cutaways (2 shots)