“The tracks we’re seeing are beautiful”

Beams of protons started circulating again on Friday at the Large Hadron Collider at Cern. And the first low energy collisions have begun! From the Cern press release.

“It’s a great achievement to have come this far in so short a time,” said CERN Director General Rolf Heuer. “But we need to keep a sense of perspective – there’s still much to do before we can start the LHC physics programme.”

Also from the Cern press release, some of those beautiful tracks.

From the Alice detector
LHC first collision [ALICE]

From the Atlas detector
LHC first collision [ATLAS]

From the Compact Muon Solenoid
LHC first collision [CMS]

And from the LHC Beauty (LHCb) detector
LHC first collision [LHCb]

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  • Guest

    go on the green protons!

  • John Laurie

    Enjoy yerselves why ye can folks.
    We’re all doomed, I tell ye, doomed.

    The verify word is “fact”. Doomed.

  • Jud

    Pete,
    Still no view on the hacked CRU emails?
    Surely one of the bigger science stories of recent years?…

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704888404574547730924988354.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_sections_opinion#articleTabs=article

    “‘The two MMs have been after the CRU station data for years. If they ever hear there is a Freedom of Information Act now in the U.K., I think I’ll delete the file rather than send to anyone. . . . We also have a data protection act, which I will hide behind.”

    So apparently wrote Phil Jones, director of the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (CRU) and one of the world’s leading climate scientists, in a 2005 email to “Mike.” Judging by the email thread, this refers to Michael Mann, director of the Pennsylvania State University’s Earth System Science Center. We found this nugget among the more than 3,000 emails and documents released last week after CRU’s servers were hacked and messages among some of the world’s most influential climatologists were published on the Internet.”

  • joeCanuck

    Newsbiscuit has got wind of an experiment to be performed soon. Results should be interesting.

    http://www.newsbiscuit.com/2009/11/23/archbishop-of-canterbury-and-pope-to-meet-head-on-in-large-hadron-collider/