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CERN’s Large Hadron Collider to Run Again in March, Next Year

The Large Hadron Collider situated at CERN will get back online for it’s second 3-year run in March 2015 which will see the world’s most powerful particle accelerator twice as much its collisional energy.

CERN's Large Hadron Collider to restart by March 2015  Photo Credit: Flickr

CERN’s Large Hadron Collider to restart by March 2015
Photo Credit: Flickr

 

The Collider, managed by the European Organisation for Nuclear Research is on a 2-year break from colliding particles to undergo an upgrade.

The entire superconducting machine, around 27 kilometers, is almost cooled to its nominal temperature of operation, which is 1.9 degrees over absolute.

All teams are on the move to get the Collider back online and at the CERN Control Centers are at work already for performing all the required tests prior to circulating proton beams once again in March in 2015.

Run 2 of the LHC follows a 2-year technical stop that prepared the machine for running at almost double the energy of the LHC’s first run.

The second run of the collider is accompanied by a 2-year technical stop which prepared the machine for operating at almost 2 times the energy on the first run by LHC.

“With this new energy level, the LHC will open new horizons for physics and for future discoveries,” said CERN Director-General Rolf Heuer.

First time ever on 9th December 2014, the magnets of a single sector of the LHC, which is ?th of the ring, were powered successfully powered to the amount needed for beams to reach 6.5 TeV, which is the operating energy required for the 2nd run.

The goal for the next year will be to operate with two beams of proton for producing 13 teravolts of collisions, which is an energy level never touched by any accelerator EVER.

“After the huge amount of work done over the last two years, the LHC is almost like a new machine,” said CERN’s Director for Accelerators and Technology Frederick Bordry.

“Restarting this extraordinary accelerator is far from routine. Nevertheless, I’m confident that we will be on schedule to provide collisions to the LHC experiments by May 2015,” he said.

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