The press release concluded by saying, “Last night’s achievement brings further confirmation that the LHC is progressing smoothly towards the objective of first physics early in 2010.”
So far, only low intensity pilot beams have been circulated within the LHC, which does not provide meaningful data for the scientists working with the Large Hadron Collider.
Increasing the beam intensity is expected to take approximately one week. In such time, what is called the commissioning phase, the beam intensity must be verified to be safe and stable in order that scientific collisions can be carried out in experiments.
This data is hoped to be obtained before December 25, 2009. Thereafter—for the rest of the year—the LHC will have its beams further calibrated.
Sometime in the first three months of 2010, the LHC is scheduled to be turned on at full energy—7 TeV, or 3.5 TeV per beam—so that the first physics experiments (what is called “First Physics” by the LHC scientists) can be performed at the Large Hadron Collider.
The home Web page of the Large Hardon Collider is LHC.
Learn more about particle accelerators (“atom smashers”) at: “Accelerator Form and Function,”as provided by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park, California.
Find out the location of particle accelerators at: “Particle Accelerators Around the World.“