• John
  • Felde
  • University of Maryland
  • USA

Latest Posts

  • USLHC
  • USLHC
  • USA

  • James
  • Doherty
  • Open University
  • United Kingdom

Latest Posts

  • Andrea
  • Signori
  • Nikhef
  • Netherlands

Latest Posts

  • CERN
  • Geneva
  • Switzerland

Latest Posts

  • Aidan
  • Randle-Conde
  • Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Belgium

Latest Posts

  • TRIUMF
  • Vancouver, BC
  • Canada

Latest Posts

  • Laura
  • Gladstone
  • MIT
  • USA

Latest Posts

  • Steven
  • Goldfarb
  • University of Michigan

Latest Posts

  • Fermilab
  • Batavia, IL
  • USA

Latest Posts

  • Seth
  • Zenz
  • Imperial College London
  • UK

Latest Posts

  • Nhan
  • Tran
  • Fermilab
  • USA

Latest Posts

  • Alex
  • Millar
  • University of Melbourne
  • Australia

Latest Posts

  • Ken
  • Bloom
  • USLHC
  • USA

Latest Posts

Paul Jackson | CERN | Switzerland

View Blog | Read Bio

Commissioning done…..it’s go time!

I missed out on posting this a couple of days ago but it’s a nice summary of the LHC commissioning status. The key features, as of Wednesday November 18th, are these:
* All 8 LHC Sectors are now under the responsibility of the beam operation group

* All 1572 superconducting circuits have been commissioned and now READY FOR THE FIRST BEAM RUN

* The Hardware Commissioning team wish the Operation Crew a terrific success with the challenging Beam Commissioning.

The eagle-eyed (wanted to try and squeeze EAGLE into this post as a tip-of-the-cap to one of the early ATLAS efforts) among you will have noticed the big words, “READY”, “FOR”, “THE”, “FIRST”, “BEAM” and “RUN”.

The LHC is ready! But wait, we’ve been here before right? Last year? This thing doesn’t work, there are birds with baguettes trying to ruin our fun, and, it gets cold in the winter, and, “Handball!” (do the right thing France), and,
was that Tom Hanks?, and, oh wait you mean you tested it now, and, oh the QPS is functioning well, and, oh, it’s ready.

LHC latest news can be followed here and there is word of beams circulating the machine before the end of the weekend.

Today it’s the turn of ATLAS to experience some beam and I’ll report on that a bit later.
CMS have already recorded “splash” events as you can see from the image here. Let’s hope that by this time next week things are still as positive and upbeat as they are today.

CMS splashed

CMS splashed

Share