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Adam Yurkewicz | USLHC | USA

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Waiting for Collisions

It has been a very exciting weekend with proton beams in the LHC day and night, but it was still only the warmup.  Now we are eagerly awaiting the first collisions.  Then we will really have begun the LHC era.

But we are not just sitting and waiting for collisions.  I have spent most of the weekend looking at the data collected so far, and based on the email traffic so have many others.  My conclusion is that the ATLAS detector is performing extremely well.

Besides the quality, what has impressed me is how quickly the data has been made available around the world, and how well all the software to analyze it has worked.  This is not a big surprise to me since these are some of the things we have used the last year to improve, but it is nice to see it all work so well.

Just in case you haven’t seen them, teams have been scanning the data and making event displays.

Now that the LHC and the detectors have done everything that was done last year (and more), we can finally move on to what we have really been waiting for, collisions!

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  2. Wallmott says:

    Any idea of when the first collision will happend?

  3. permoz says:

    but when, when the collisions will be and at what energy?

  4. Mark Smith says:

    I don’t care if you’re just tapping iron atoms together. It’ll be nice finally to see SOMETHING hitting something else in there.

  5. Adam Yurkewicz says:

    I don’t know when the first collisions will be. The rumors have spanned all possibilities, from times that have already passed to times in December. I am personally hoping for sometime between 7am and 3pm Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, since I will be on shift in the ATLAS control room during those times.

  6. Wallmott says:

    From the schedule it looks like there will be 450 GeV collisions in the middle of next week. Is that still right?

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