The Large Hadron Collider
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The LHC gets a Control Room!On
The Lego LHC is being updated to include a small control room, run by minifig physicists Marco and Kerstin. Their job is to constantly monitor the performance of the detectors and the LHC, and ensure everything runs smoothly when gathering the precious collision data.
The vignette is a simple representation of the real life detector and LHC control rooms, which are much larger and typically feature several desks with dozens of displays and sometimes dozens of physicists monitoring every last detail of operation.
The back wall shows the overhead projector screens, which allow everyone in the room to immediately see the detector health, configuration and the results of recent collisions. The picture shows sample displays for the ATLAS detector and a typical event containing a Higgs boson - additional stickers could be included allowing the control room to be customised for other detectors.
Marco comes with a mug of coffee, an essential accessory for any physicist but especially important when working long night shifts. Kerstin comes with a hard hat and spanner for whenever a problem requires a descent into the underground caverns. When not in use, the hard hat can be hung on the grey peg on the back wall.
Will they discover any exciting new particles? That's up to you...
Over 5000 votes!On
in the last few days the LHC topped 5000 votes! We're now over halfway to getting Lego to consider making this as an official set, so a big thank you to everyone who's voted so far!
Please spread the word and keep those votes coming in - we can do this! :)
New and improved CGI renders!On
I've been playing with POV-Ray and the fan-maintained LDraw parts library to create some new and greatly improved CGI images of my Lego Large Hadron Collider. Special thanks to virtualrepublic and lego2lego over on eurobricks for helping me get set up with this amazing software.
Keep the votes coming! :)