ALICE

CERN
Geneva, Switzerland

ALICE (acronym for A Large Ion Collider Experiment) is one of the seven detectors or experiments located alongside the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, Geneva (Switzerland). Indissoluble has designed and built the exhibition of the information point of ALICE, located at the access to the detector.

To accommodate this exhibition, a container has been created to locate a 1: 1 scale reproduction of the central part of ALICE. Onto this model, a seven minute videomapping is projected, trying to respond questions like what is matter and where does it come from, by traveling back to the origin of the universe. It explains how CERN reproduces the conditions of the Big Bang and analyzes the results that are further studied by hundreds of investigators around the world.

ALICE is part of the most important particle physics laboratory in the world, CERN, located near Geneva, at the French-Swiss border. There, they have particle accelerators that provoque high speed collisions in order to study the origin of the universe, its composition and its evolution. To analyze all this phenomena, some detectors capture the data produced by the accelerators and interpret them.

Built in 1993, ALICE is 16 meters in diameter and 26 meters in length, and is located 56 meters deep underground. It weights 10,000 tons.

In mid-2015, CERN contacted Indissoluble to propose a total reform of the ALICE interpretation center, located above the detector.

The new exhibition is located into a large red container, located in the same space occupied by the previous exhibition and over the detector but at ground level. The container allows a closed environment free of light and acoustic contamination.

Inside the container we find 3 elements: a 1: 1 scale reproduction of the central part of ALICE, which serves as a stage for a videomapping, a showcase and the periscope.

On the opposite wall we find a display case in which some other ALICE original pieces are displayed alongside a 1:50 scale model of the detector made by 3D printing.

 

The periscope is a structure that simulates an ALICE control desk. With three screens, which show in real time what are filmed by two cameras located in front of the detector, the visitor can control these from the control desk with a joystick.

Client:

CERN

Direction:

Juan Roberto Vásquez

Project direction:

Jordi Miró

Ricard Campeny

Production:

Marco Vásquez

Marta Chávarri

Multimedia:

Fabio Alvino

3D printing:

Francisco Candel

Contents:

CERN

In Medulla Continguts

Assembly:

Francisco Alcalá

Salvador Camí

Alejandro Cuñado

Javier Fuertes

Marco Antonio Gallego

Photography:

Pablo Pariente