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LHC update

CERN has issued a press release on the progress of LHC repairs.  Most importantly, it says:

Director General Rolf Heuer confirmed that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) remains on schedule for a restart this autumn, albeit about 2-3 weeks later than originally foreseen.

So when will we have collisions?  The release goes on to say that further tests are needed:

to determine the start-up date and initial operating energy of the LHC

The center-of-mass energy of collisions will be between 8 and 10 TeV.  The higher the energy that the LHC can achieve, the more new physics we will be able to do next year.  The center-of-mass energy goal of the LHC is 14 TeV.

Update: For those interested in more information, Symmetry Breaking has posted links to reports and presentations by two external committees that reviewed the systems put into place to prevent future incidents.

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