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Regina Caputo | USLHC | USA

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An open letter to the LHC

Dear LHC,

Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve visited — I may say I enjoy going to meetings in my pjs but you’re always on my mind. I’ve been devoting hours and hours to your service since I’ve been gone. Things are different now, I’ve traveled 4,000 miles to see you, and now I’m back – basking in the glow of your status:

Beam Setup: Injection Probe Beam

I know that last week you were able to reach luminosities higher than ever before, more than doubling our data set size. Those collisions were – for lack of a better phrase – the bees knees.

But I have another request… I’m on shift this week and next week. You’ll see me over at the LAr desk (well maybe not over the monitors… – (it’s sad when I make short jokes on myself)). So far, I’ve been waiting patently – taking calibration run after calibration run, and cosmic run after cosmic run. But I’ve seen that all before, and it just doesn’t do it for me any more.  I would really appreciate it if you were able to squeeze the beam – like I know you’re able to – for me(*). I see the daily plan… so I know you’re thinking about it too.

Sincerely your devoted follower,

Regina

(*) (the proton beam starts fairly broad, the LHC then has magnets to focus it which means higher luminosity (more protons per unit area)- or more collisions and therefore more data)

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