LHC sets New Energy Record by Smashing Protons at 13 Trillion Electronvolts
Late Wednesday, the European Organization for Nuclear Research or CERN said that it was able to achieve success in smashing protons at 13 trillion electronvolts. Scientists have set a new energy record before the world’s biggest particle collider restarts in June.
CERN said that the Large Hadron collider has the maximum limit of 14 trillion electronvolts. The recent smashing act was almost near to that limit. As per the authorities concerned, this experiment was one of the important tests to prepare for the second run of experiments.
CERN researchers will continue tests today as well. They are planning to observe the LHC’s performance and will make data on that basis. For next weeks, this schedule will continue and on that basis, the team will declare the beams stable enough to carry out the actual experiments.
CERN will allow the teams running detectors ALICE, ATLAS, CMS, and LHCb to switch on their systems. The work on the LHC has been continuously taking place. Already, the team has tested the entire beam instruments, magnets and collimators present inside the accelerator for collisions.
LHC Operations team member Jorg Wenninger shared that beams often missed each other when brining them into collision under new energy. The beams are small. Therefore, the team has to make certain adjustments, so as to ensure that proper collisions take place.
CERN spokesperson Cian O’Luanaigh said that the main task was to set up 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”, said Cian.
Scientists have been planning to carry out many experiments using the LHC like whether dark matter originated from the Higgs Boson.
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