The history of LHCb

  title={The history of LHCb},
  author={I. V. Belyaev and G. Carboni and N. Harnew and Clara Matteuzzi and Frederic Teubert},
  journal={The European Physical Journal H},
In this paper, we describe the history of the LHCb experiment over the last three decades, and its remarkable successes and achievements. LHCb was conceived primarily as a $${b} $$ b -physics experiment, dedicated to $$CP$$ CP violation studies and measurements of very rare $${{b}} $$ b decays; however, the tremendous potential for $${c} $$ c -physics was also clear. At first data taking, the versatility of the experiment as a general-purpose detector in the forward region also became evident… 
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