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Mike Anderson | USLHC | USA

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Holiday Gift?

There’s a decent amount of publicity out there about last night at CERN.

From the New York Times, Proton Beams Are on Track at Collider:

About 10 p.m. outside Geneva, scientists at CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research, succeeded in sending beams of protons clockwise around the 17-mile underground magnetic racetrack known as the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s biggest and most expensive physics experiment…

If all goes well, CERN says, the protons will start colliding at low energies in about a week…

CERN is hoping to achieve that landmark as a symbolic Christmas present before a short holiday shutdown.

I’m looking forward to that – I’ll be on shift to watch CMS several times in the coming weeks.  (As for Christmas gifts, I still also hope to get a fancy rice cooker.)

–Mike

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