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Cern launches particle accelerator upgrade

The Linac 4 linear particle accelerator will increase the power of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research’s Large Hadron Collider.

Cern officially launched Linac 4, the latest addition to its accelerator complex in Geneva, at an inauguration ceremony today. The particle accelerator will feed the LHC particle collider with hydrogen ions at more than three times the energy of the accelerator it will replace, which will increase the LHC’s data output tenfold.

This in turn will provide more accurate measurements of the nature of fundamental particles, including the Higgs boson, and will increase the chances of the LHC detecting rare events, Cern said in a statement.

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