The CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will be restarting for its second three-year run in March next year.
Managed by the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), the LHC was on a two-year break to undergo an upgrade and now it will be back again to witness the most powerful particle accelerator of the world double its collisional energy.
Now, the complete 27-kilometre superconducting machine is almost cooled to its so-called operating temperature of 1.9 degrees above absolute zero.
The whole team behind the project has geared up to bring the LHC back online, while the CERN Control Centre is working in full swing to conduct all the requested tests ahead of the proton beams’ circulation again in March 2015.
According to CERN, the run 2 of LHC will follow a two-year technical stop that prepared the machine for running at almost double the energy of the first run of LHC.
CERN Director-General Rolf Heuer said, “With this new energy level, the LHC will open new horizons for physics and for future discoveries.”
For the first time on December 9, the magnets of LHC’s one sector that is one eighth of the ring were successfully powered to the level required for beams to reach 6.5 TeV, the operating energy for run 2.
Frederick Bordry, CERN’s Director for Accelerators and Technology, said, “After the huge amount of work done over the last two years, the LHC is almost like a new machine. Restarting this extraordinary accelerator is far from routine. Nevertheless, I’m confident that we will be on schedule to provide collisions to the LHC experiments by May 2015.”
The main goal for 2015 will be to run along with two proton beams to produce 13 TeV collisions, an energy that has never been achieved by any accelerator in the past.