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LHC accelerates its first 'atoms'

Protons might be the Large Hadron Collider's bread and butter, but that doesn't mean it can't crave more exotic tastes from time to time. On Wednesday, 25 July, for the very first time, operators injected not just atomic ...

dateJul 30, 2018 in General Physics
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Opinion: We need to talk about the Higgs

It is six years ago that the discovery of the Higgs boson was announced, to great fanfare in the world's media, as a crowning success of CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The excitement of those days now seems a distant ...

dateJul 06, 2018 in General Physics
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World's first crabbing of a proton beam

CERN has successfully tested "crab cavities" to rotate a beam of protons – a world first. The test took place on 23 May using a beam from CERN's Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS) accelerator and showed that bunches of protons ...

dateMay 25, 2018 in General Physics
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Beams are back in the LHC

The Large Hadron Collider is back in business! On Friday 30 March, at 12:17 pm, protons circulated in the 27-km ring for the first time in 2018. The world's most powerful particle accelerator thus entered its seventh year ...

dateMar 30, 2018 in General Physics
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Collimators—the LHC's bodyguards

The performance of the LHC relies on accelerating and colliding beams made of tiny particles with unprecedented intensities. If even a small fraction of the circulating particles deviates from the precisely set trajectory, ...

dateFeb 22, 2018 in General Physics
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