The CMS experiment at the CERN LHC

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The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector is described. The detector operates at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. It was conceived to study proton-proton (and lead-lead) collisions at a centre-of-mass energy of 14 TeV (5.5 TeV nucleon-nucleon) and at luminosities up to 1034cm -2s-1 (1027cm-2s-1). At the core of the CMS detector sits a high-magnetic-field and large-bore superconducting solenoid surrounding an all-silicon pixel and strip tracker, a lead-tungstate scintillating-crystals electromagnetic calorimeter, and a brass-scintillator sampling hadron calorimeter. The iron yoke of the flux-return is instrumented with four stations of muon detectors covering most of the 4π solid angle. Forward sampling calorimeters extend the pseudo-rapidity coverage to high values (|n | ≤ 5) assuring very good hermeticity. The overall dimensions of the CMS detector are a length of 21.6 m, a diameter of 14.6 m and a total weight of 12500t.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberS08004
JournalJournal of Instrumentation
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • Analogue electronic circuits
  • Analysis and statistical methods
  • Calibration and fitting methods
  • Calorimeters
  • Cluster finding
  • Computing
  • Control and monitor systems online
  • Data acquisition circuits
  • Data acquisition concepts
  • Data processing methods
  • Data reduction methods
  • Detector alignment and calibration methods
  • Detector control systems
  • Detector cooling and thermo-stabilization
  • Detector design and construction technologies and materials
  • Detector grounding
  • Digital electronic circuits
  • Digital signal processing
  • Electronic detector readout concepts
  • Front-end electronics for detector readout
  • Gamma detectors
  • Gaseous detectors
  • Instrumentation for particle accelerators and storage rings-high energy
  • Large detector systems for particle and astroparticle physics
  • Manufacturing
  • Modular electronics
  • Online farms and online filtering
  • Optical detector readout concepts
  • Overall mechanics design
  • Particle identification methods
  • Particle tracking detectors
  • Pattern recognition
  • Scintillation and light emission processes
  • Scintillators
  • Software architectures
  • Solid state detectors
  • Special cables
  • Spectrometers
  • Trigger concepts and systems
  • VLSI circuits
  • Voltage distributions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematical Physics
  • Instrumentation

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