Volume 86 Issue 22 | pp. 46-47
Issue Date: June 2, 2008

The Louvre Laboratory

A subterranean research center buzzes beneath Paris' most famous museum
Department: Science & Technology

WANDERING AROUND the impressive grounds of Paris' Louvre Museum, one finds it hard to believe that three floors beneath the grandiose art and architecture is an operational 3-MeV particle accelerator.

While thousands of visitors wander through the museum's myriad wings every day, trying to view as many of the Louvre's 35,000 works as possible, some 60 scientists spend their days analyzing these same artifacts in subterranean laboratories.

"We work on about 500 cultural artifacts . . .

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