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Tuesday March 9th 2010

LHC sets new world record

The LHC, record breaker

The LHC, record breaker

The Large Hadron Collider sets a new world record. The LHC is now the world’s highest energy particle accelerator, having just accelerated its twin beams of protons to an energy of 1.18 TeV on Monday ┬ámorning exceeding the 0.98 TeV world record held by the U.S. Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory’s Tevatron collider since 2001. This is a mere 10 days since its restart this year.

“We are still coming to terms with just how smoothly the LHC commissioning is going,” said CERN Director General Rolf Heuer. “It is fantastic. However, we are continuing to take it step by step, and there is still a lot to do before we start physics in 2010. I’m keeping my champagne on ice until then.”

“This is another fantastic milestone for the LHC,” said John Womersley, director of science programs at STFC. “To see such a complex project make progress at this impressive rate is testament to the tremendous efforts that have been made by all of those involved. I look forward to seeing the continued success of the LHC and to early 2010 when we can expect it to deliver the first data for physics analysis”.

The real fun begins when the LHC will attempta collision energy of 7 TeV (3.5 TeV per beam) in the first quarter of 2010.

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