Israelis played role in particle collider

A team of Israeli scientists played a major role in the successful test of the world’s largest particle collider.

Scientists present for the first major test of the $3.8 billion Large Hadron Collider located at the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva called it a success.

Some 40 Israeli scientists from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv University and Haifa University worked for 10 years to develop parts of the collider’s main electronic systems.

“The Israeli science industry has a stellar reputation in Switzerland, especially when it comes to high-level, fiber-optic technology,” Professor Giora Mikenberg of the Department of Particle Physics at the Weizmann Institute, who heads the Israeli team, told Ynet.

The Israeli scientists cooperated with Lebanese, Palestinian, Pakistani and Iranian scientists.

The machine, which includes a 17-mile underground ring, creates high-energy collisions of protons at close to the speed of light. Scientists hope it will answer many questions in modern physics and re-create the conditions of the origins of the universe, in particular the Big Bang.

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