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Monica Dunford | USLHC | USA

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The It Date

Since I have been blogging for close to a year now, let’s summarize my topics.

In the control room, taking cosmics data
In the control room again taking cosmics data
Crazy athletic adventure
Control room, More cosmics
Control room, yet again
Control room, still
Control room, yes still
More crazy athletic adventures
Control room
Control room
Control room, what am I still doing here?
Euro Cup
Euro Cup
Euro Cup
Euro Cup
Euro Cup
Euro cup over, banished to control room again
Control room
Control room. Again
Control room. Again. Again.

So… I spend a lot of time in the control room. If you haven’t noticed. And needless to say I am in the control room while writing this. This comes as no surprise.

September 10th. This is the new ‘it’ date. On this day, single beam will run around the ring (and through ATLAS) for the first time. And every reporter on the planet will be there. Many of them in the ATLAS control room (which is why I am strategically staking claim on my control room chair now).

Now don’t get me wrong, I cannot WAIT for beam. The 10th can’t come soon enough. But after long days I tell myself, ‘you think you spend a lot of time in the control room now… wait until there is beam’…. But although I do love sleep. And although the prospect of getting sleep is pretty dim for the months of September, October and November, you couldn’t pay me enough to leave the control room. Not now. Not with first beam in our grasp.

So is it September 10th yet?
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How about now?

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3 Responses to “The It Date”

  1. Trond M. Solberg says:

    I am really looking forward to “the great date”.
    I have been following CERN and the LHC for a long time now, and I visit this blog almost every day to see if something is happening.
    Keep up the good work! Make us proud!

    Best regards
    Trond M. Solberg

  2. Colin Bembridge says:

    What is the projected timeline for full luminosity beam collisions? What about data collection, how long to get first results?
    And..
    Who gets to “throw the switch” to turn it on? I suggest that Peter Higgs gets the honour. It’s all his fault anyway :)

  3. Shane Midnight says:

    Strangely i just found out about the LHC today. I do like to read about the current state of science in magazines, but often times, dont find the time to get to them.
    I learned of the LHc by watching youtube videos of science experiments. pretty amazed by what i learned.
    I am totally stoked to see what happens when you turn it on. But i sit with some concern, and i wonder if maybe you guys dont feel that just a little bit too? I really can not wait to see what scientist will be able to do with the data recovered from this experiment, But i mean you gotta be just slightly concerened, I was wondering if you could post something that addresses that issue, you know what all your colleagues think, the people that sit next to you in the “control room”.

    the last piece of information that i could not locate was when were they planning on turning it on or if it had allready happened. your blog gave me the answer thanks.
    keep up the updates!

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