CERN researchers confirm existence of the Force

Researchers at the Large Hadron Collider just recently started testing the accelerator for running at the higher energy of 13 TeV, and already they have found new insights into the fundamental structure of the universe. Though ...

dateApr 01, 2015 in General Physics
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X-rays probe LHC for cause of short circuit

The LHC has now transitioned from powering tests to the machine checkout phase. This phase involves the full-scale tests of all systems in preparation for beam. Early last Saturday morning, during the ramp-down, an earth ...

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LHCb's new analysis confirms old puzzle

Today, at the 50th Moriond Electroweak conference (link) (La Thuile, Italy), LHCb physicists presented their latest analysis of the rare B → K*μμ decay. The new results show deviations from Standard Model calculations.

dateMar 23, 2015 in General Physics
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Injection tests make a splash

On Saturday 7 March, two of the LHC experiments saw proton beams for the first time after a two-year stop. Beam 2 (anticlockwise) made it through LHCb at 10.30 and Beam 1 (clockwise) passed through ALICE at 17.00. The two ...

dateMar 10, 2015 in General Physics
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Accelerating argon

Over the past few days, the SPS has been accelerating argon ions, which have started to be sent to the NA61/SHINE experiment. This operating mode, using a new type of ion, required a number of modifications to the accelerator.

dateFeb 16, 2015 in General Physics
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CERN's two-year shutdown drawing to a close

It's almost two years to the day since the team in the CERN Control Centre switched off the beams in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at 7.24am on 14 February 2013, marking the end of the accelerator's first three-year run. ...

dateFeb 13, 2015 in General Physics
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