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May 22, 2015
Image above: Test collisions continue today at 13 TeV in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to prepare the detectors ALICE, ATLAS, CMS, LHCb, LHCf, MOEDAL and TOTEM for data-taking, planned for early June (Image: LHC).
Last night, protons collided in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the record-breaking energy of 13 TeV for the first time. These test collisions were to set up systems that protect the machine and detectors from particles that stray from the edges of the beam.
Image above: Protons collide at 13 TeV sending showers of particles through the ALICE detector (Image: ALICE).
A key part of the process was the set-up of the collimators. These devices which absorb stray particles were adjusted in colliding-beam conditions. This set-up will give the accelerator team the data they need to ensure that the LHC magnets and detectors are fully protected.
Image above: Protons collide at 13 TeV sending showers of particles through the CMS detector (Image: CMS).
Today the tests continue. Colliding beams will stay in the LHC for several hours. The LHC Operations team will continue to monitor beam quality and optimisation of the set-up.
Image above: Protons collide at 13 TeV sending showers of particles through the ATLAS detector (Image: ATLAS).
This is an important part of the process that will allow the experimental teams running the detectors ALICE, ATLAS, CMS, LHCb, LHCf, MOEDAL and TOTEM to switch on their experiments fully. Data taking and the start of the LHC’s second run is planned for early June
Image above: Protons collide at 13 TeV sending showers of particles through the LHCb detector (Image: LHCb).
Image above: Protons collide at 13 TeV sending showers of particles through the TOTEM detector (Image: TOTEM).Note:
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Protons set to collide at 13 TeV to prepare for physics: http://home.web.cern.ch/about/updates/2015/05/protons-set-collide-13-tev-prepare-physicsRelated links:
Large Hadron Collider (LHC): http://home.web.cern.ch/topics/large-hadron-collider
ALICE experiments: http://home.web.cern.ch/about/experiments/alice
ATLAS experiments: http://home.web.cern.ch/about/experiments/atlas
CMS experiments: http://home.web.cern.ch/about/experiments/cms
LHCf experiments: http://home.web.cern.ch/about/experiments/lhcf
MOEDAL experiments: http://home.web.cern.ch/about/experiments/moedal
TOTEM experiments: http://home.web.cern.ch/about/experiments/totemFollow the experiments on Twitter for updates:
@ALICE Experiment: https://twitter.com/ALICEexperiment
@ATLAS Experiment: https://twitter.com/ATLASexperiment
@CMS Experiment: https://twitter.com/CMSexperiment
@LHCb Experiment: https://twitter.com/LHCbExperiment
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