The LHC at CERN smashed protons at each other at a record-breaking energy of 13 TeV.
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Switzerland is making headlines again. Last night protons collided in the LHC at the record-breaking energy of 13 TeV for the first time. These were just test collisions were to set up systems that protect the system and detectors from particles that stray from the edges of the beam.
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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.
CERN continue testing today. The testing process is in preparation for the next set of full experiments scheduled for early June. The experiments are around a set of particle detectors named ALICE, ATLAS, CMS, LHCb, LHCf, MOEDAL and TOTEM. Above is an image from the data collected by ALICE.
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The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world's largest and most powerful particle collider built from 1998 to 2008. The LHC was shutdown for about two years and has been restarted last month.