The LHC ticks onwards

By Marcus Wilson 11/03/2010 2

Last month, CERN took the decision to run The Large Hadron Collider for the next eighteen months or so, up to a maximum energy of 3.5 TeV per beam, before having an extended shutdown period to prepare to take it up to its design maximum of 7 TeV per beam.

I am sure this will come as welcome news to many researchers, particularly the many PhD students who have had their student loans accumulating quietly while they have had no results to process.

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P.S. Utterly unrelated to the above, I accidently discovered earlier in the week that if you hit the ‘Windows’ button and the ‘M’ key at the same time on your computer keyboard it minimizes all your windows.  Maybe I was the only person in the world not to have known this, but, in case I’m not, I thought I’d share this essential piece of knowledge with you…


2 Responses to “The LHC ticks onwards”

  • When I saw a headline yesterday saying that the LHC was to shut down for another year due to ‘safety concerns’, my blood ran cold. It then thawed considerably upon my learning that the shutdown was only going to happen at the end of 2011 :)

  • Yes – there are ‘safety concerns’ and ‘safety concerns’. There’s nothing untoward about the next scheduled stop.

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