Welcome to the Interactive LHC Tunnel!
This is an entirely new display, which we are opening for the Accelerating Science exhibition on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the creation of CERN.
The installations in the three-meter tunnel include a massive screen, seven projectors, and a kinect sensor. This suffices to play some incredible proton soccer. The rules differ slightly from the classic version – we have two real people and two virtual ones, and a proton ball. Each person kicks his ball to hit the opponent’s ball. The result is a collision, the same kind that occurs in the Great Hadron Collider. See for yourself how you create new particles, and the effect the strength of your kick has on the collision.
The other interactive game lets you create a remarkable visualization of yourself. Standing in front of the projector you can see into the Higgs mechanism and beyond. To what effect? Try it out! Here’s a hint: the mechanism generates mass in objects.
The Interactive LHC Tunnel will be open from 8 February to 30 March. Entrance is covered by the ticket to the permanent exhibition.