CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) yesterday become the world’s highest energy particle accelerator, zapping twin beams of protons up to an energy of 1.18 TeV and beating the previous record of 0.98 TeV set in 2001 at Fermi Lab’s Tevatron accelerator. The new record comes just 10 days after the LHC restart.
CERN Director General Rolf Heuer said LHC scientists were thrilled with the new milestone. “We are still coming to terms with just how smoothly the LHC commissioning is going. It is fantastic.”
Next on the schedule is a concentrated commissioning phase aimed at increasing the beam intensity and making sure that these higher intensities can be safely handled and that stable conditions can be guaranteed for the experiments during collisions.