Hard Science

First successful beam at record energy of 6.5 TeV

Mike AndersonApril 10th 2015
  • This is one of many steps before the accelerator will deliver collisions at four interaction points within the ALICE, ATLAS,CMS and LHCb detectors.
  • The image above shows “LHC page 1”- the status of the accelerator between 10.45pm and 1am last night. The lines on the graph show the intensity of Beam 1 (blue) and Beam 2 (red) as the team injects the beams into the accelerator.
  • The black line shows the energy for Beam 2, which begins to increase at around 12.35am from its injection energy of 450 GeV and ramps to 6.5 TeV (shown as 6500 gigaelectronvolts at the top left of the screen).

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