Wednesday, September 10, 2008
LHC First beam a success
Today, the first beam in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN was successfully steered around the full 27 kilometres of the world’s most powerful particle accelerator this morning.
“It’s a fantastic moment,” said LHC project leader Lyn Evans, “we can now look forward to a new era of understanding about the origins and evolution of the universe.”
The LHC is capable of proping the energy region around 1 TeV by colliding together 7 TeV proton beams, which should reveal new physics that will address the following questions:
1) Is there a Higgs particle?
2) Is there supersymmetry (SUSY)?
3) What is dark matter?
4) Where has all the antimatter gone?
5) Why are there only six quarks?
More at press.web.cern.ch and scitech.