Day 36: Geneva, Germany

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Complete geek mode today; tour of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. The tour guide was a senior researcher who has spent the last 20 years (and probably many more to come) searching for the Higgs Boson.. so of course the tour was awesome! It was mind-blowing how much the physical limits are pushed with the accelerator experiments.

Since Switzerland is so expensive, I decided to go to the grocery store to pack a lunch and had a picnic at Lake Geneva. Ate, walked around, ate some more, and called it a day.

For any Fizzers interested (or anyone for that matter), here are some fun facts about the LHC;

  • Proton beam is energized to 7000 GeV
  • Electromagnetic superconductors run with a current of 11700 A, at a temperature of 1.9 K, and produce a field of 8.3 T
  • It takes 3 months to cycle temperature from ambient to 1.9 K and back
  • The experiment is run 100 m underground and the accelerator has a circumference of 27 km
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4 thoughts on “Day 36: Geneva, Germany

  1. Since Switzerland is so expensive…I was thinking if you had time…I hear Prague is a great city and also it is quite reasonable. Just A suggestion I am amazed at what you have
    accomplished on this trip…You must be tired.

    Take care and see you soon.

    Love Nana

  2. I agree, Prague is very reasonable, and you get huge portions of food for what you pay there.

    And cool facts, the 11700A is crazy!

  3. sounds like you are really having some fun now. This is going to be great experience that many only dream about……..like me……….enjoy son and be safe. We will have a great story telling when you return.

  4. sounds like you are really having some fun now. This is going to be great experience that many only dream about……..like me……… son and be safe. We will have a great story telling when you return.

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