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March 30, 2010

MEDIA ADVISORY: UI contributes to Large Hadron Collider research startup

EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS: The information below describes how to contact a University of Iowa researcher involved in activities related to the March 30 startup of research at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) -- the world's largest atom smasher -- in Geneva, Switzerland.

Particle physicists around the world are celebrating the beginning of research at the LHC as the nearly $10 billion machine -- 15 years in the making -- has now reached its potential energy of seven trillion electron volts (TeV), about seven times the power of the next-most-powerful machine, located at Fermilab near Chicago.

In the coming years, scientists hope to learn more about the origin of the universe and the basic building blocks of matter as they use the LHC to search for such phenomena as dark matter, new forces, new dimensions and the Higgs boson.

Beginning in 1993, UI physics professor Yasar Onel and some two dozen colleagues, have played a key role in the LHC by contributing a particle detector designed and developed at UI machine shops. Today, the device is part of the LHC's Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) collision hall.


RESEARCH CONTACT: Yasar Onel, professor of physics in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,, 319-335-1853 (office), 319-594-2095 (cell)

SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACT: Gary Galluzzo, writer, 319-384-0009,