The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) located in Geneva, Switzerland is all set for the first ever proton collision to collide protons at 7 Tev (trillion electron volts).There’s no guarantee that scientists will achieve 7 TeV collisions tomorrow, however the LHC will continue its run till 2011.LHC will be shut down for approximately a period of a year in preparation for achieving collisions of 14 TeV during the next run of LHC.
The LHC first physics proton collision event is set to begin in a while.CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) is offering live webcast which include live footage from the control rooms of the LHC accelerator and experiments; updates on progress of beams and collisions; interviews with experts on the physics of the LHC at 7 TeV, Live from the ATLAS Experiment, Live from the ALICE Experiment, Live from the CMS Experiment etc.
The live webcast will continue till 6:15 PM (CEST) or 04:15 PM (GMT).
LHC Big Bang experiment Timeline
|10 Sep 2008||CERN successfully fired the first protons around the entire tunnel circuit in stages.|
|19 Sep 2008||Magnetic quench occurred in about 100 bending magnets in sectors 3 and 4, causing a loss of approximately 6 tonnes of liquid helium.|
|30 Sep 2008||First "modest" high-energy collisions planned but postponed due to accident.|
|16 Oct 2008||CERN released a preliminary analysis of the incident.|
|21 Oct 2008||Official inauguration.|
|5 Dec 2008||CERN released detailed analysis.|
|20 Nov 2009||Low-energy beams circulated in the tunnel for the first time since the incident.|
|23 Nov 2009||First particle collisions in all 4 detectors at 450 GeV.|
|30 Nov 2009||LHC becomes the world’s highest energy particle accelerator achieving 1.18 TeV per beam, beating the Tevatron’s previous record of 0.98 TeV per beam held for 8 years.|
|28 Feb 2010||The LHC continues operations ramping energies to run at 3.5 TeV for 18 months to two years, after which it will be shut down to prepare for the 14 TeV collisions (7 TeV per beam).|
[Table via Wikipedia]