At CERN, the world’s largest particle physics laboratory, thousands of scientists are working hard to figure out the unsolved mysteries of physics. Their valuable scientific research is supported by the intelligent and flexible application of automation technology. The Festo valve terminal VTSA controls the analysis processes of the air in the experimentation cavern of the Compact Muon Solenoid detector (CMS).
Deep underground, close to Lake Geneva, at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) particle accelerator of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, huge detectors sift through a stream of subatomic particles and collect gigantic volumes of data, which are analysed using powerful algorithms. Modern technologies are making the tiny particles that hold the cosmos together visible on a larger scale.
The LHC particle accelerator is located close to the border between France and Switzerland and lies at a depth of around 100 metres.