Researchers at Texas Tech University work more than 5,000 miles from CERN, but they will have just as much chance of making new physics discoveries using the data collected at the Large Hadron Collider as scientists in Switzerland.

“Tier-3 sounds like the bottom of the chain,” said Alan Sill, a senior scientist who runs the center, “but in a way it’s the top of the chain. It’s the first level at which physicists have access to data under their own control.”

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