Physics Are Fun: Large Hadron Collider Made In LEGO

December 29, 2011


This is a 1:50 scale replica of the Large Hadron Collider's ATLAS detector recreated out of 9,500 LEGO pieces. 9,500 LEGO pieces that cost $2,590. That's 27-cents apiece! That's way too f***ing much!

[The piece was built by] Sasha Mehlhase, a physicist from the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen.

Mehlhase has decided to help promote the LHC to students by taking the time to recreate a 1:50 scale model of it using Lego bricks. In total he spent 81 hours creating it, which was split between 48 hours of designing the model on his laptop, and a further 33 hours putting it together.

No word if this mini Large Hadron Collider will be powerful enough to malfunction and create a black hole large enough to swallow a dog, but Chloe kind of deserves it after last post's whole nipple fiasco. "Woof." Bullshit you thought it was a dried apricot -- YOU'RE A LIAR!

Hit the jump for several more shots including some of the build.







Lego model of Hadron Collider's Atlas detector [university post]
The Large Hadron Collider has been recreated in Lego [geek]

Thanks to Michael-C, hanky panky (I've done that before!) and Brett, who like building little cities out of LEGO and then Godzilla-ing their way through them. Good times, good times.

  • zangadoo

    Wow.  And the Lego version is every bit as useful as the real one!

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  • N_Binder

    It's clearly not 20 miles long. Or scaled to 20 miles.

  • Audwin Short

    Hey, that's almost as good as the full-size Weather Dominator I created out of Legos as a kid. I wonder if it still works?  Wait a minute, my brother recently told me he was gonna "make it rain" this weekend.  Hmmmm...


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  • taran420

    Sheldon would be impressed.

  • Point of note: this is not the Large Hadron Collider, but one of the detectors along the LHC; specifically the ATLAS detector.

  • Tyler Mussman

    Yeah, that's infinitely less-impressive.  Show me a 1:50 scale LEGO model of the entire thing, then we'll talk.

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