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Seth Zenz | Imperial College London | UK

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The Beam is Back!

Beam in the LHC!

First beam in the LHC since last year!

As reported by the BBC, last weekend particles were injected into the LHC for the first time in over a year.  This confirms what we’ve known all along — the scientists, engineers, and technicians working on the LHC are making steady progress toward restarting the machine — and it’s an excitingly concrete reminder of how close we are to taking data!

Last year’s big startup event was focused on circulating a beam around the entire ring, which hasn’t happened again yet.  This year’s really exciting milestone will be when beams are not only circulating in both directions, but actually colliding: that’s when we can start to do physics.

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