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Experimental Equipment Lab - Calorimeter Assembly Area

Experimental Equipment Lab - Calorimeter Assembly Area

A calorimeter is a device that helps scientists measure the energy of a particle. This triangular section is layered with sheets of lead and plastic. The lead is heavy and dense, so the particles have a hard time going through it. Scientists can tell how much energy a particle had by seeing how much lead it took to stop it. The plastic gives off a flash of light when a particle goes through it. The scientists can tell how much lead it took to stop the particle by counting how many layers of plastic flashed. A complete section weighs several tons and will be installed in Hall B behind a set of drift chambers.