Large Electron Positron collider (LEP)

The Large Electron-Positron collider (LEP),  was a 27-kilometre-circumference  electron-positron accelerator.


Its construction started in 1983 after the inauguration on 13 September, and the first beam circulated on 14 July 1989.


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Four detectors : Apparatus for LEP PHysics (ALEPH); DEtector with Lepton, Photon and Hadron Identification (DELPHI); L3  and Omni-Purpose Apparatus for LEP (OPAL) observed particle collisions in the LEP.


During 11 years, the research of LEP’s experiments provided a detailed study of electroweak interactions. LEP was closed down on 2 November 2000, to make way for the installation of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).


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