LHC scientists look forward to big switch-on in May

The Large Hadron Collider/ATLAS at CERN


The first long shutdown of the Large Hadron Collider is nearly over, and researchers are keen to work with significantly more powerful beams, upgraded instruments and software. The worlds largest experiment will turn on with a collision energy of 13 TeV, with an aim to raise that to 14 TeV. It’s hoped that the extra energy (along with other upgrades) will not only help us understand more about particles like the Higgs boson, but open up so far unknown physics.

BBC News: LHC restart: ‘We want to break physics’

The LHC and the research that goes on at CERN is no stranger to the news. However, often the articles often fail to explain much of the science. The BBC have bucked that trend in their latest article, by producing a very nice write-up that cleverly explains to non-specialists some of the basic aspects of the collider and the work that goes on there. They chat to scientists from the LHCb, CMS and ATLAS experiments. I think its well worth a read.

JPhysG is a long term supporter of the LHC collaborations as well, we’re looking forward to seeing some of the great research that will come out of the upgraded collider.

Read some in depth LHC physics:

Updated measurements of exclusive J/ψ and ψ(2S) production cross-sections in pp collisions at  sqrt{s} = 7 TeV
R Aaij et al (The LHCb Collaboration) 2014 J. Phys. G: Nucl. Part. Phys. 41 055002

Technical Design Report for the Upgrade of the ALICE Inner Tracking System
B Abelev et al (The ALICE Collaboration) 2014 J. Phys. G: Nucl. Part. Phys. 41 087002

Image: The LHC/ATLAS at CERN. Credit: CERN. Reused under a CC-BY 2.0 Creative Commons license.

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