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Time to Shine: Stable beams at the LHC

New physics on the horizon

Season 2 at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has officially begun, following the 3rd June 2015 announcement of ‘stable beams’.

One of the first #13TeV displays with stable beams
(Credit: CMS Experiment)

The LHC is now supplying collisions to all of its experiments at 13 TeV, almost double the energy of the first run. New physics data is being delivered for the first time in 27 months.

STFC Chief Executive John Womersley said “The start of collisions at this new, higher energy is the greatest jump in our ability to explore our universe since the Higgs boson was found in 2012. It almost doubles the ability of the LHC to make discoveries. It means that we can explore the properties of the Higgs boson in much greater detail and search for whatever is responsible for the mysterious dark matter that seems to make up most of our galaxy.”

Professor Andy Parker, University of Cambridge/ATLAS, said “It is very exciting that we are about to get our first ever look at how nature behaves at energies of 13 TeV. These conditions were last seen less than a thousand-millionth of a second after the Big Bang. I am hoping for some answers about what makes up dark matter. Even better would be something we have never thought of!”

The LHC will now run round the clock for the next three years.

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