Fine Structure

LHC Components Look Like The Future

In an article about the physical detector inputs for the Compact Muon Solenoid, symmetry magazine has a picture of the real guts: lead tungstate scintillating crystals. These things are something straight out of a movie. About 1" by 1" in cross section and a foot long, these transparent crystals have electronics attached on one end to feed huge amounts of data back to LHC researchers.

Yes. Crystals with electronics attached to them. We really are living in the future.

The article is mainly about how long it took russian manufacturers to produce 75,000 peices of the rare crystals... close to 15 years.