Tuesday, 24 November 2009

A Historical Moment: First collisions at the LHC

A press release from CERN:

 Two circulating beams bring first collisions in the LHC

Screens showing two circulating beams at the LHC
Screens showing two beams in the LHC
Geneva, 23 November 2009. Today the LHC circulated two beams simultaneously for the first time, allowing the operators to test the synchronization of the beams and giving the experiments their first chance to look for proton-proton collisions. With just one bunch of particles circulating in each direction, the beams can be made to cross in up to two places in the ring. From early in the afternoon, the beams were made to cross at points 1 and 5, home to the ATLAS and CMS detectors, both of which were on the look out for collisions. Later, beams crossed at points 2 and 8, ALICE and LHCb.

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